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Cleveland State University designs program to ease national shortage of nurse educators

Monday November 7, 2011
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In an effort to help ease the national shortage of nurses and nurse educators, Cleveland State University has announced a new Nursing Education Specialization track within its Urban Education PhD program.

Beginning this fall, the track aims to help alleviate the strain within America's nursing education infrastructure by preparing nurses for research-oriented faculty positions. CSU's doctoral program will teach research-based nurse educators how to prepare practitioners to meet the complex healthcare needs in urban and culturally diverse communities.

CSU has received a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to assist graduate students interested in becoming nurse educators. Acting through the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS has allocated Nursing Faculty Loan Program funds to CSU students enrolled in an eligible advanced-degree (master's or doctoral) program in nursing. After graduation, loan recipients may cancel up to 85% of the NFLP loan over a consecutive four-year period, while serving as full-time nursing educators at a school of nursing.

"Nurse educators have a profound impact on their students and subsequently, those graduating nurses will engage in professional practice to improve health outcomes for patients, their families and the communities they serve," said CSU Nursing Dean Vida Lock, RN, PhD.