Nebraska Methodist College Receives Nearly $1 Million to Help Nurse Teaching Shortage

  • Date: July 24, 2013
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

Nurse Faculty Nebraska Methodist College will receive nearly $1 Million in grant funding to distribute to Nurse Educators for the 2013-14 academic year.

(OMAHA) - Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus will receive nearly a million dollars in federal grant money to help address the nation's nursing shortage by providing loan forgiveness for graduate students who go on to teach nursing.

Nurse Educators are needed because the United States has a shortage of nurses. A key reason to the shortage is the fact that there are not enough nurse educators to handle the demand for those wishing to enter the nursing field. By 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that more than 1.2 million additional RNs will be needed to work in healthcare facilities, says the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Nebraska Methodist College will receive $983,853 for the 2013-14 academic year from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The college has been receiving this grant since 2003 bringing the total award to more than $3,033,407 to help battle the nurse educator shortage.

NMC is one of two from the state of Nebraska to receive the NFLP grant this year. University of Nebraska Medical Center received $22,504 in grant funding from the NFLP.

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program will provide loans to help registered nurses who are completing their graduate education to become nurse faculty.  Loan recipients who go on to become full-time faculty at an accredited school of nursing may receive up to 85 percent of the loan forgiveness over four years. 

"Our aging population continues to escalate the demand for more nurses.  We need nurse faculty to provide that education," said Linda Foley Ph.D., MSN, RN, director of graduate nursing programs at NMC.  "This program provides the incentive and the financial support to recruit the professionals who will be charged with educating that next generation of nurses."

Nebraska Methodist College offers online RN to MSN and MSN programs for nurse educators. Those interested in the nurse faculty loan program at NMC can visit the NFLP page or call (402) 354-7200.

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Established in 1891, Nebraska Methodist College is a private, fully accredited nursing and healthcare professions college, and an affiliate of Methodist Health System. Located in Omaha, Neb., NMC offers certificate, undergraduate, graduate and professional development programs on campus and online.  For more information about the College, visit www.methodistcollege.edu.