Bill would foster growth of nurse educator corps

A federal legislator has a filed a bill designed to encourage active-duty military nurses and those retiring from military service to become nurse educators. The legislation, modeled after a Defense Department program helping military personnel move into education, offers varied fellowships and scholarships to nurses interested in faculty positions. Retired nurses would get financial incentives for serving as full-time faculty at an accredited school of nursing. The bill hopes to address the drastic shortage of nurse educators that prevails today. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, U.S. nursing schools turned away almost 43,000 qualified applicants in 2006.

To learn more about the bill:
- read this Modern Healthcare piece (reg. req.)

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