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Loan Program at FPB to Help Solve Nursing Faculty Shortage

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Receive Funding Support to Advance Your Nursing Education

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) has one of the top graduate programs in the country.

And for 10 consecutive years, FPB has made graduate nursing education more affordable by obtaining funding for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), which covers tuition and other costs for up to five years (approximately $35,500 per year).

The NFLP was created in 2004 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to counter the critical nursing faculty shortage affecting hundreds of nursing schools across the United States.


Quick Facts about FPB's NFLP

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grant has been awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Period: July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014

Eligible Recipients: Part-time and full-time MSN, DNP, and PhD students from the U.S.

Funding Time Limit: up to 5 years

Requirements:

  • Complete 3 education courses:
    • curriculum and instruction
    • testing and evaluation
    • teaching practicum
  • Serve 4 consecutive years as full-time nursing faculty at an accredited U.S. institution following graduation

NFLP Funding Opportunities:

  • DNP or PhD: 22 full-time, 22 part-time
  • MSN: 6 full-time, 6 part-time

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To confront these shortages, HRSA created the NFLP.

The NFLP provides:

  • up to five years of financial support for MSN, DNP, and PhD nursing students who are preparing for academic roles
  • 85% of loan forgiveness for recipients who meet NFLP requirements

Dr. Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, Associate Dean for Doctoral Education and Project Director for the NFLP program, has been successful in obtaining funding from HRSA for the NFLP program for doctoral students since 2003.

"Since we first received NFLP funding, 6 PhD and 100 DNP students have completed their doctoral education and now have faculty positions in U.S. universities," she says. "Last year, we supported 73 doctoral (PhD and DNP) students and 30 MSN students."

The NFLP funding mechanism has been a critical factor to the recruitment of graduate nursing students who not only want to prepare for faculty roles but to do so in the timeliest manner.

Student Recipients Speak Out about the NFLP

Debra Lee, a former PhD student at FPB, credits the program with enabling her to pursue her career goal of teaching.

“When I began my doctoral coursework, I knew that I wanted to become a nurse educator, but I expected that I would do so simply by virtue of graduating,”she says. “The NFLP program provided an opportunity to test the waters. It helped me realize that, like any career path, preparation and a clear idea of my goals are going to be vital to a successful transition into a faculty position.”

She accepted a faculty position in the fall of 2009.

The NFLP, Lee contends, helps to level the playing field in terms of who can afford a doctorate in nursing. In many cases, she explains, “excellent educators are not always born to it; for many, focused education and exposure to experienced educators is the best way to prepare. The outcome—competent and caring nurses—is much too important to take a chance on anything less.” 

Jennifer Riggs, another graduate from the PhD program and former recipient of the loan at FPB, agrees. 

Dr. Jaclene Zauszniewski confers with a doctoral student
Dr. Zauszniewski confers with a PhD student

“Without financial support such as the NFLP, a PhD in nursing would have been unobtainable for me,”she says.

Melissa Stewart opted for the clinical-oriented Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and benefitted from the NFLP.

"My doctorate's clinical focus just made sense, and the people I’ve met and the exposure to excellence have in themselves been a priceless experience. None of this would have been possible without the NFLP, which I learned about through a friend in one of my courses.”

MSN Students Also Eligible

Thanks to the awarding of additional funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the NFLP program has become available to include master's-level students as well. Dr. Zauszniewski, who was instrumental in procuring these funds, explains that they are reserved specifically for students in FPB’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program who are interested in becoming nurse educators. 

“In addition to the availability of funding for PhD and DNP students, both our part-time and full-time MSN students across all 12 majors will be eligible for NFLP funding beginning this academic year,” she says.

The loan program doesn’t just result in more doctorally prepared nurse educators, but rather doctorally prepared nurse educators with rich, dynamic experiences under their belts.

“There are many interesting experiences that I would have missed if not for the NFLP. My intensive classes allowed me to meet and interact with students who already were in nursing education. That gave me a preview of the world of academia from a faculty perspective,” Debra Lee says.

“The faculty for those classes were exceptional in their methods and communication skills, making those experiences really informative and enjoyable. I also had the opportunity to work with a delightful group of undergraduate nursing students during my practicum.

“All of these experiences have proven to me that I made an excellent choice to prepare to be a nurse educator,” she says. “It will be a rewarding career.”

For more information about the NFLP program at FPB, contact Dr. Jaclene Zauszniewski or FPB's director of financial aid, Dedra Adams.

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