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Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future Joins With AACN to Offer New Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program
Date:9/5/2007

l of nursing and agree to attend classes full-time throughout the program's duration. Award preference will be given to students at schools of nursing which commit to matching a portion of the candidate's tuition costs. Students interested in applying for this program may download an application at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/JJApp07.doc. The application deadline for Spring 2008 scholarships is October 15, 2007.

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
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