BIRMINGHAM (Samford) — Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing has received more than $2 million to help make graduate nursing education more affordable for currently practicing or teaching nurses who are committed to careers in nursing education.
Samford’s $2,017,901 Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration is the largest in the U.S. and one of only four nationally that exceeds $1 million. This is Samford’s 14th year to receive funding for the program.
Nena F. Sanders, vice provost of Samford’s College of Health Sciences and nursing school dean, said, “It is estimated that our country will need more than 439,000 additional nurses by 2024 and the current nursing faculty shortage is impeding our ability to address the increased demand. The NFLP grant helps ease financial obstacles that could prevent qualified students from earning a graduate degree and therefore allows the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing to address the need for additional nurses in Alabama and across the nation.”
The 2016–17 grant is expected to help more than 140 students from 20 states in Samford’s master’s and doctoral nursing education programs.
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