Shortages inspire nursing programs, advocates to offer financial aid opportunities


November 1st, 2010

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an increased emphasis on preventative care and technological advances in healthcare will create a great need for registered nurses (RNs) over the next eight years. In fact, more than 580,000 new jobs for these professionals are expected to become available during this time period.

Consequently, many of the best nursing schools and healthcare advocacy organizations are increasing their efforts to encourage undergraduates to enroll in a related program.

For instance, the Helene Fuld Health Trust recently made a $600,000 donation to Michigan State University, which will use the funding to provide scholarships to advanced nursing students, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Half of the gift will be used to create financial aid packages that will be disbursed over the next eight years, while the remaining $300,000 will be reserved for future scholarship opportunities.

Individuals who are enrolled in the school’s accelerated bachelor’s program in nursing will be eligible for these awards. This course of study, which was launched in 2005, is intended to help students begin working quickly. The curriculum can be completed in as few as 14 months. 

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