Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Education News

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Education News

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What is new at your school of nursing?

Please contact Leslie Block

Managing Editor

NURSING EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES

email lblock@nln.org

Faculty Higher Education Act

Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York, who worked as a nurse before running for Congress in 1996, has introduced new legislation supported by the NLN, the Nurse Faculty Higher Education Act, H.R. 3173. This legislation seeks to alleviate the nursing shortage by creating a pilot program to increase the number of nurse faculty. It will provide scholarships to nurses who seek advanced degrees in order to become faculty in accredited nursing programs.

The bill will also provide grants to hospitals and health facilities to support institutions permitting qualified nurses to earn a salary while they continue their education. Nurses participating in this program would continue to work part time or flexible schedules to accommodate their schooling. Upon completion of the program, each nurse will be required to teach two years for each year of support received under the program. More information about this bill and other legislation of interest to nursing can be found on the NLN website at www.nln.org. Click on Public Policy. …

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