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Grant helps UW-Schools fight nursing faculty shortage

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Health care is a growing industry but in some ways it's growing too fast to keep up with those who can teach it.

This year's UW-Eau Claire freshman class had 260 declared nursing majors but only 40 will be allowed into the program

Part of the problem is the lack of instructors.  A UW-Eau Claire representative says within the next 10 years, 60-percent of nursing faculty across the state will have reached retirement age.  To help combat the problem, UW-Eau Claire was selected to lead a three million dollar grant.  The money will be used to recruit nursing students into advanced degree programs.

"This is an opportunity for us to be creative and look at how we can best serve our state going forward by ensuring there is a strong nursing workforce for the health of Wisconsin," said Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science Dr. Linda Young.

The grant will cover one year of tuition and fees as well a stipend for living expenses.  Students could also be eligible for a loan repayment program.

The bottom line is the student must commit to teach at a UW-System nursing program for three years after they graduate

Organizers hope the grant will help recruit 30 students across four UW-schools gain advanced degrees and begin teaching. 

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