This new initiative is modeled after the successful California Endowment- AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship that was launched in Spring 2006 to address the shortage of URM faculty in the state of California. Through this program, 17 minority nursing students are now completing doctorates and master's degrees with post-graduation commitments to serve as faculty in California schools of nursing. For more details on this program, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CAEawardApp.pdf.
In addition to these important scholarship programs, AACN is leading the effort to address the nurse faculty shortage by working to secure federal funding for faculty development programs, collect data on faculty vacancy rates, identify strategies to address the shortage, and focus media attention on this important issue. This work includes:
-- Collaborating with other nursing groups to mobilize support for more
federal funding for nursing education, including support for the Nurse
Faculty Loan Program and the creation of new legislation such as the
Nurse Faculty Higher Education Act and the Nurse Education, Expansion
and Development Act.
-- Leading the effort to expand the Graduate Assistance in Areas of
National Need program administered by the U.S. Department of Education
to include nursing. As a result, nursing in now recognized as an area
of national need and new
|SOURCE American Association of Colleges of Nursing|
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