Spring 2010 Issue

Supply and Demand

The Division of Nursing is helping to alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage thanks to a recent award of $477,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The award supports the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, which helps practicing nurses return to school to earn their master’s or doctoral degrees in nursing education.

A nurse accepted into the program can expect an 85 percent forgiveness policy, meaning only 15 percent of the loan would be paid back, if they begin teaching as a full-time faculty member at any college or university, including Barry, for five years after graduation.

“The key to addressing the nursing shortage is the production of nursing faculty,” said College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Dr. Pegge L. Bell. “The Division of Nursing has remained committed to producing nursing faculty for Florida, despite faculty vacancies that continue to exist across the state. This loan program will make the difference in the recruitment and production of nurses who will become the faculty needed by all of Florida’s nursing programs.”