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Nursing programs encourage students to pursue doctoral degrees

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Nursing programs encourage students to pursue doctoral degrees

The country will always have a need for nurses. Unfortunately, the lack of nurse educators nationwide is keeping qualified school applicants from being accepted into nursing programs.

While the University of Wisconsin System cannot provide a solution to the nation's nursing shortage, it is hoping to make a difference in the Badger State. According to a press release from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the state is expected to be short 20,000 nurses by 2035. As a result, the system has created the $3.2 million Nurses for Wisconsin initiative, which is designed to encourage more nurses to pursue careers as educators.

The initiative, which involves UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh, will offer students fellowship and loan forgiveness programs. This, in turn, is designed to give students an incentive to pursue doctoral degrees and postdoctoral training that will qualify them to become nurse educators.

Sharon Chappy, assistant dean and director of post-licensure programs at the UW Oshkosh College of Nursing, is excited about what the initiative could mean for nursing students, she told The Oshkosh Northwestern. With a fellowship, students would be able to devote all of their attention to their nursing programs, as opposed to balancing work with school.

"To get the money to support your education is really unheard of in graduate education," Chappy said.

By Monique Smith

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