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TWU to address nursing faculty shortage with $500,000 federal grant and $90,000 in matching funds from Presbyterian Hospital of Denton


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University’s College of Nursing recently was awarded a $507,688 federal grant to address the national nursing faculty shortage. Presbyterian Hospital of Denton also has contributed $90,000 in matching funds to help TWU recruit students for the university’s doctoral nursing program.

The federal funds, to be awarded over a three-year period by the Department of Education’s Graduate Assistants in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program, will enable TWU to recruit, financially support, educate and mentor four doctoral nursing students who plan on becoming nursing professors. Selected participants will be enrolled at TWU as full-time students, attend the university year-round and will have their tuition and fees covered through the grant.

“These fellows will be known as Denton Presbyterian Nurse Scholars and will be eligible for up to $30,000 annually in stipends, thanks to the matching funds generously given to TWU by Presbyterian Hospital of Denton,” said Dr. Marcia Hern, dean of TWU’s College of Nursing.

Presbyterian Hospital of Denton Chief Nursing Officer Sharon K. Dingman said, “This collaboration between academia and the service setting will enhance the learning of the fellows, TWU faculty and the hospital nursing staff, as they participate collaboratively on projects and attend research seminars.”

Hospital CEO Stan Morton said, “Presbyterian Hospital of Denton is very pleased that we can continue to build on our relationship with the TWU College of Nursing by providing these matching funds. With this opportunity to work together we will provide the doctoral students a hospital environment to further their educational experience.”

“One of the factors contributing to the national nursing shortage is the lack of qualified faculty available to educate students who want to become nurses,” Dr. Sally Northam, former TWU associate nursing professor and writer of the grant proposal, said. “Funding for this program allows TWU to address this shortage by providing highly-qualified nursing faculty who can teach nursing at universities throughout the country.”

The Denton Presbyterian Nurse Scholars program will begin at TWU in August. Students who are underrepresented in nursing and documented as financially qualified will be given priority to participate. Dr. Patricia Holden-Huchton, associate dean of the TWU College of Nursing in Denton, will serve as the project director.

For more information on the program and application requirements, visit www.twu.edu/nursing/, call 940-898-2407 or email asanino@mail.twu.edu.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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