AACN News MONSTER AND AACN ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF A NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CREATED TO ADDRESS THE NURSE FACULTY SHORTAGE
February 2, 2006 — Washington, DC — Monster, the leading global online careers property and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) are pleased to announce that five scholarship winners have been selected to receive $25,000 awards through a new program created to address the growing shortage of nurse faculty. The Monster-AACN Nursing Faculty Scholarship was launched in fall 2005 to support students enrolled in Baccalaureate to Doctoral degree programs. The five scholarship winners include:
- Keynan Hobbs, University of Pennsylvania
- Meghan McGonigal Kenney, University of Iowa
- Courtney Reinisch, Columbia University
- Sara Rivera Riemer, State University of New York at Buffalo
- Allison Webel, University of California-San Francisco
“This year’s scholarship winners were selected from an outstanding pool of applicants who will serve as future faculty and leaders of the nursing profession,” said AACN President Jean E. Bartels. “AACN is grateful to Monster for its forward thinking and commitment to sustaining the nursing profession by expanding the population of nurse educators.”
Last December, AACN reported that at least 32,617 qualified students were turned away from baccalaureate nursing programs in 2005 due largely to a shortage of faculty. Given the growing demand for highly qualified registered nurses, AACN is concerned that bright students are being turned away at a time when more nurses are needed. The Monster-AACN Nursing Faculty Scholarship program was created to help address this concern and increase the population of doctorally-prepared nursing faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide. Students who receive scholarship funding have agreed to work as nursing faculty after graduation as part of this innovative program.
“Monster is keenly aware of the challenges associated with growing, encouraging and sustaining the nursing profession,” said Denise Cautela, Healthcare Segment Director. “In joining forces with the AACN to address the critical need for nursing faculty, we hope to help alleviate the vicious cycle facing the industry today. Alleviating the financial barriers to nursing education ensures these students will be able to complete their nursing studies and share their knowledge with future nursing candidates.”
This year’s scholarship winners are a diverse group of students enrolled in both research-focused (PhD) and practice-focused (DNP) doctoral programs. These students were honored at a reception sponsored by Monster which was held in conjunction with AACN’s Doctoral Education Conference in San Diego on January 27, 2006. Brief biographies of the scholarship winners may be found on the Web at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/monsterwinners.htm.
For more details about the Monster-AACN collaboration and the nurse educator shortage, see the following:
Press Release Announcing the New Scholarship Program http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/NewsReleases/2005/AACNMonsterRel.htm
AACN’s Nursing Faculty Shortage Fact Sheet http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/FactSheets/facultyshortage.htm
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 585 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. Web site: http://www.aacn.nche.edu.
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