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Foundation Gives $120,000 for Nursing Scholarships

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The School of Nursing has received $120,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to award 12 scholarships to students in an accelerated master’s nursing program. Through the Princeton, New Jersey-based foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, the scholarships of $10,000 each are being distributed to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

School of Nursing Interim Dean Alexa K. Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN

School of Nursing Interim Dean Alexa K. Stuifbergen

The scholarship program is designed to ease the shortage of nurses and nurse faculty. A national initiative initiated by the foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing aims to help alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the pipeline of students in accelerated nursing programs.

Alexa Stuifbergen, interim dean of the School of Nursing, says the school’s Alternate Entry Master of Science Program provides an accelerated path for a student with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree to become a registered nurse and then obtain a master’s degree. More than 360 nurses have earned master’s degrees through the program since it began in 1989. “Texas lags behind the rest of the country in the numbers of nurses prepared at the graduate level,” she says. “The alternative entry program is helping to address that need, particularly in preparing future faculty.”

Stuifbergen is pleased that the grant will help the school prepare future nurse leaders from underrepresented groups. Those leaders then will make significant contributions, it is hoped, in developing and leading programs, delivering expert clinical care, and preparing the next generation of nurses. “It is important that we continue to press toward the goal of increased diversity in the workforce,” she says, “to better serve our diverse population and represent all voices in our professional dialogue.”

Grant funding also will be used to help leverage support for new faculty resources and provide mentoring and leadership development resources to ensure that scholarship recipients complete the program successfully.

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