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Online Nurse Educator Program Launched

2/27/04


HOUSTON — The Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing has launched an online program that helps nurses become the next generation of nursing instructors. Training more nursing instructors to teach undergraduate nursing students is a critical element to solving the nursing shortage.

Nurses who want to teach can complete nearly two-thirds of their master’s or doctoral degrees, as well as post-master’s studies, online at TWU through the Nurse Educator Web-Technology Outreach Network. Clinical coursework still will take place on campus. Nearly two dozen stipends are available to nurses who might have some financial hardship in completing the clinicals or other courses.

Nursing schools in the United States turned away more than 11,000 qualified applicants in 2003, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). In 2002, more than 5,000 applicants were turned away. A shortage of faculty is the principal reason nursing schools could not accept all qualified applicants into baccalaureate nursing programs, according to AACN.

Nurses interested in the Nurse Educator Web-Technology Outreach Network can contact Constance Jennings at (713) 794-2100 or cjennings@twu.edu.

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For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu