UTHSC CollegeNursing Receives Health Workforce Development Grant

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The College of Nursing at UTHSC is one of 11 nursing schools statewide selected by the Center for Health Workforce Development in Tennessee to share “Promise of Nursing” grants totaling $244,000.

Memphis, Tennessee (September 20, 2004) — The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is one of 11 nursing schools statewide selected by the Center for Health Workforce Development in Tennessee to share “Promise of Nursing” grants totaling $244,000.

In addition to the UT Health Science Center, the grants are earmarked for faculty development at Belmont University School of Nursing, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Columbia State Community College, East Tennessee State University College of Nursing, Jackson State Community College, Lincoln Memorial University, Milligan College Area of Nursing, Motlow State Community College, Roane State Community College, and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

The Promise of Nursing for Tennessee nursing schools grant program is administered by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association. Funds for the program were contributed by 25 Tennessee hospitals and healthcare agencies, Johnson & Johnson, and national companies with an interest in supporting nursing education.

Among the different ways the colleges will utilize the grants are faculty continuing education, mentoring programs, technology education, innovative curriculum development, fast-track nursing curriculum design, and other programs that prepare Tennessee’s nursing schools to better meet the demand for nursing graduates.

The Promise of Nursing for Tennessee program was created to help Tennessee overcome a shortage of registered nurses that was recently cited as the most severe among 16 southern states by the Southern Regional Education Board.

The UTHSC College of Nursing is partnering with Methodist Healthcare and LeMoyne-Owen College to encourage individuals to pursue nursing as a career. The bachelor’s degree in nursing has been re-established at UTHSC, with the first class beginning in July 2005.