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Saint Xavier University to train more nurse educators

Federal grant helps fund program

Chicago (Nov. 18, 2005) – For the first time in its history, Saint Xavier University was awarded a $56,390 federal grant to increase the number of qualified nurse faculty to help alleviate the nationwide nursing shortage.

Called the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, the matching grant will be used to help pay for tuition, fees and books for graduate nursing students who complete the graduate program, including an education track, in turn for the students agreeing to teach in any nursing school for at least four years, said Kay Thurn, associate dean for Graduate Nursing Programs at Saint Xavier University. 

The federal contribution is $56,390 and Saint Xavier University’s contribution is $6,266, for a total grant amount of $62,656. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in good standing in the advanced nurse education program at Saint Xavier University and must complete the education components to prepare qualified nurse faculty.

“In addition to the huge shortage of nurses in service, there is a huge shortage of nurses in teaching. If we can’t educate nurses, we can’t address the nursing shortage,” Thurn said.

The number of nursing faculty who are retiring is outpacing the number of nurses with master’s and doctoral degrees who are choosing nursing education as a career. 

“The average age of nursing faculty nationwide is 57 years old. While they bring wisdom and years of experience, they’re going to be retiring soon,” Thurn said. “We’re looking for those who are interested in beginning, continuing or finishing their nursing careers as nurse educators. We need this new energy.”

Eligible students would need to start classes in the spring semester, which starts Jan. 9, Thurn said. Interested students should contact Thurn at (773) 298-3708 or thurn@sxu.edu, or the Office of Admission at (800) 462-9288 or admission@sxu.edu. 

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