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The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently received a $1.28 million grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) to help increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in US colleges and universities. The grant will support Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students at VUSN who plan to become nursing faculty.

Linda Norman, DSN, FAAN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing and dean of VUSN, tells Nursing.Vanderbilt.edu, “The American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimates that nursing schools turned away more than 56,000 qualified applicants in 2017. Lack of faculty was one of the reasons. This loan forgiveness program encourages and equips our DNP graduates to teach nursing and be a part of the solution to that need.”

Eligible DNP students who plan to teach after graduating can receive an NFLP award to underwrite up to 85 percent of the tuition, books, fees, and associated costs for attending VUSN if they are employed as faculty in any school of nursing in the US for four years following graduation.

In addition to their regular DNP coursework, NFLP recipients at the university will also take courses focused on nursing education to bring additional value to their degree upon graduating. To learn more about VUSN’s $1.28 million grant to help future nursing faculty, visit here.

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