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50 Awesomely Educational Podcasts for Nurses

February 8th, 2011

There all kinds of continuing education resources and opportunities for nurses, but if you're not ready to go back to school — or have an insatiable appetite for health care news and research — turn to the web for even more learning opportunities. These podcasts offer interviews, recaps, commentary and basic reference information on everything from travel nursing to oncology to pediatric care to public health.

Health News and Research

Podcasts in this list come from medical journals, news sites and more, covering everything from the latest research to health policy and advocacy. No matter your specialty, they're great resources for staying abreast of the latest developments in health care.

  1. Johns Hopkins Medicine Podcasts: Here you'll find weekly reports re-hashing and commenting on the top medical stories.
  2. Annals of Internal Medicine Podcasts: Get summaries of journal issues, interviews and research updates here.
  3. JAMA Audio Commentary: Listen to JAMA's EIC review the latest journal issue.
  4. Health Dialogues Podcast: NPR's KQED station reports on California health care issues, but anyone interested in serving disadvantaged populations, minorities and low-income communities will be interested.
  5. MiResearch: The University of Michigan Health System has archived these short podcasts to whet your appetite for continued research and learning, on topics ranging from stem cells to infant care to dementia.
  6. Healthcare411: Designed for the general public, this health care podcast focuses on consumer-focused health news, so it's accessible for nursing students and professionals.
  7. The World's Global Health Podcast: Get updates on public health news from around the world.
  8. Clinical Podcast: Health care practitioners discuss the latest research and developments in their fields.
  9. Sound Medicine: Indiana University's Sound Medicine offers a smattering of stories, guidelines and research updates on all sorts of medical fields and topics, from tonsillectomies to Medicare to brain development.
  10. NIH Radio: The National Institutes of Health posts new podcasts every other Friday, featuring a few general reports and an in-depth interview.
  11. WHO Podcast: The World Health Organization's podcast covers global public health information, alerts and news.
  12. Your Health Podcast: This NPR Health Desk podcast reports on consumer health and medical news.
  13. Cell Podcasts: Cell Press Online provides these audio interviews with scientists who discuss research in Alzheimer's, blindness, neurogenetics, and more.
  14. FDA Drug Safety Podcasts: Keep up with drug research, news, approvals, warning and more.
  15. CDC Podcasts: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports on emergency preparedness, shares PSAs, and reveals the latest research and concerns from all sorts of niche disciplines, from AIDS to epilepsy and beyond. Browse by series or topic.
  16. Health Ranger Report: This podcast takes a serious — but also satirical — look at natural medicine.
  17. Penn Nursing Research: Learn about the research going at the University of Pennsylvania's nursing school.
  18. AACR Podcasts: The American Association for Cancer Research has organized its 2010 audio interviews with doctors and cancer researchers here.
  19. Applied Clinical Trials Podcasts: From the FDA to regulation to global clinical trials, keep up with what's next in medicine.

Nursing Specific

Here you'll find podcasts just for nurses. You'll hear stories about the profession, get tips on being a better nurse, learn about new career opportunities, and more.

  1. Medscape Nurses Podcast: You'll get news for nurses on this podcast from Medscape.
  2. Travel Nurse Talk: If you're interested in or work in travel nursing, you'll learn more about the profession from the stories and tips shared here.
  3. Johns Hopkins School of Nursing: Find archived podcasts here plus a link to the iTunes podcast site from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.
  4. Legal Nurse Consulting Podcast: Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD is "the pioneer of legal nurse consulting" and shares tips and information here.
  5. Almost a Nurse: Sean E. is about to graduate from nursing school and podcasts about his life and journey here.
  6. Insights in Nursing: Keep up with health care technology, ethics, and more.
  7. Nurse Talk Podcasts: After spending 30 years working as a nurse, Casey Hobbs and Dan Grady started this nursing podcast to spread humor and their experiences.
  8. The Nursing Show: Jamie Davis is a nurse and medical educator who hosts this online podcast that shares tips for all types of nurses and nursing students. Nursing news and health care reports are also featured.
  9. Nursing Show Online Radio: Student nurses and professional nurses listen to this podcast for interviews, news, educational and career information, and more.
  10. Travel Nursing Insider Podcast: This monthly podcast covers key topics relevant to travel nursing, including using social media, renewing assignments, starting new assignments, and pay and benefits.
  11. ONF Podcast Series: The Oncology Nursing Society shares these 20-minute podcasts on patient care during different stages in life and in cancer.
  12. The Nurses Station: Find up-to-date episodes in the left column, where interviews are archived.
  13. Geriatric Nursing: Recent episodes on this iTunes podcast from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center cover brain aerobics, Alzheimer's, depression, kidney disease and multimodal therapy.

Patient Care, Diseases and Conditions

From specialty medicine to patient care, learn how to diagnose and treat patients with a range of conditions while listening to lectures about all sorts of medical topics.

  1. University of Maryland Medical Center Medical Speaking: Become better at diagnosing and treating patients when you listen to this biweekly podcast.
  2. Disease in Childhood: These podcasts from 2010 are now archived and feature interviews and discussions about pediatrics.
  3. New England Journal of Medicine Podcasts and Feeds: Subscribe to a feed by specialty, like cardiology, endocrinology, or public health.
  4. Drug and Therapeutics: Instead of reading through the whole BMJ, listen to podcasts from its drug and therapeutics section here.
  5. Drexel Medcast: From alternative medicine to kidney disease to cancer and addiction, this podcast from Drexel University College of Medicine covers a range of health care topics from doctors and experts.
  6. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Lectures: This podcast serves as a general interest medical resource for learning about everything from pediatric obesity to disabilities to global health education.
  7. The Dartmouth Institute Academy for Collaborative Education: This is a new series on quality improvement for doctors, nurses, technicians and other health care professionals.
  8. Gerontological Nursing Education: Here's another podcast series on gerontology.

Reference and Education

These podcasts cover everything from patient care tips to medical reference and educational resources to news to commentary from doctors and researchers. They're great feeds to listen to for something different each day.

  1. MUSC Health: The Medical University of South Carolina has organized podcasts with nurses, doctors, health care experts, medical school deans and other professionals here.
  2. University of Virginia Health/Medicine: Recent shows on this podcast cover American health issues, global health, sexuality, caring for older patients, and Alzheimer's.
  3. Instant Anatomy: Brush up on your anatomy education when you listen to this podcast.
  4. NCLEX-RN Success Podcasts: Prep for the NCLEX-RN exam with the help of this podcast.
  5. Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: Catch up on best practices, terminology, research, techniques and theories on diagnostics, biologics, bone health, infections, and a lot more.
  6. Nursing ESL Podcasts: If you're an ESL student who's also studying to be a nurse, listen to these podcasts offered by the New Jersey City University for help with reading comprehension, research outlines, and more.
  7. La Leche League International: If you're a nurse who works with new moms, visit this podcast series to learn about the latest in breastfeeding, and to educate your patients, too.
  8. Medical Rounds: Find educational "on-demand medical education" in categories like neurology, pediatrics, general medicine, critical care, and more.
  9. Nursing Continuing Education: Learn about the nature of nursing education, as well as specific health care topics, like melanoma or back pain.
  10. CME Podcasting: Continuing Medical Education Podcasting lets you search podcasts or browse audio files and course materials dealing with a variety of medical disciplines, including medical illness, aging, and fibromyalgia.

Benedictine University Nursing Program Earns Accreditation

February 8th, 2011

Benedictine University’s online master of science in nursing (MSN) program has received accreditation, reports TribLocal Lisle.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited the Catholic institution for the maximum five-year period through December 15, 2015. The agency’s purpose is to contribute to the improvement of the public’s health. Validation of the institution’s master’s program speaks to its quality and integrity.

“This accreditation provides us with the opportunity to enhance and support nursing professionals across the world through a unique curriculum that is delivered entirely online,” says Ethel Ragland, chair of Benedictine’s Department of Nursing and Health.

According to school officials, the accredited program prepares nurses for their ever-changing role in healthcare. Students focus on academic areas such as leadership, education, administration and both public and global healthcare, and how they relate to demographic trends.

Those who enroll in the program have the ability to reach across different disciplines and customize their education with four elective courses in addition to a core eight.

Individuals who are interested in healthcare careers may want to pursue advanced nursing degrees. A report released in October by the Institute of Medicine urges care providers to achieve higher levels of education and training. 

University Offers Nursing Scholarships to Citizen Soldiers

February 8th, 2011

National Guard members and Reservists who wish to obtain a nursing degree may be interested in a new scholarship that is being offered by Western Governors University (WGU).

The institution’s competitive Reservist and National Guard scholarship program is designed to assist citizen soldiers in their pursuit of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Areas of study to which the financial aid can be applied include healthcare and nursing. Awardees can receive up to $1,500 each.

As an online institution, WGU caters to busy military personnel who are looking for a flexible way to continue their studies as they balance work and family. The programs allow students to utilize past education and experience to obtain their degree at a quicker rate.

Scholarships will be awarded to students based on their academic records. It typically takes students two and a half years to complete a bachelor’s degree at WGU.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent over the next eight years. In 2008, the median annual wages of these professionals was $62,450. 

15 Fascinating Facts on Human Attraction

February 7th, 2011

Look closely at your crush, spouse or significant other. Does he or she have symmetrical features? A strong jaw? Or even look a little like yourself? The psychology of human attraction is a fascinating field to study, and depends on all kinds of factors, including reproduction, positive association, and more. Keep reading to learn how and why we find certain people so good to look at.

  1. We love symmetry: Symmetrical features aren't just aesthetically pleasing, they symbolize good genes, healthy development, fertility and a prime mating companion. Those with better symmetry will most likely produce offspring who are also stronger and more immune to gene manipulations or alterations.
  2. Women with prominent eyes are attractive to men: As you'll see as you keep reading, most of what we find attractive has to do with potential reproduction and mating. In this case, women with shorter and more petite chins and foreheads means they have more estrogen (since estrogen limits bone growth in these areas). That shape makes the eyes look more prominent, a trait that men generally find attractive.
  3. Men with a larger jaw and prominent brow are more attractive to women: Men have the opposite face shape, usually. A stronger, more prominent jaw and brow equates more testosterone, and women find these characteristics attractive.
  4. Women like powerful, protective men: During menstruation, women are more attractive to men who would give them healthy, genetically blessed children, should they every mate. This means men who have dominant, powerful and protective characteristics, both physically and behaviorally.
  5. Hourglass shape: Women can stop aspiring to look like the androgynously built models on catwalks and embrace their curves, as long as their waist to hip ratio is ideal. Men supposedly find women with waist to hip ratio of 0.7 to be most attractive, no matter what her weight is. Having an hourglass shape is an indicator of a woman's reproductive capabilities (allegedly).
  6. The younger, the better: Humans are attracted to neoteny, "the retention of juvenile features like large eyes and baby-smooth skin in adults," Time.com explains. When tested, men and women found 15-year-old girls to be more attractive than 19-year-old women.
  7. Women like a guy who makes them laugh, guys like a woman who laughs at his jokes: Women really mean it when they say that they just want a guy who makes them laugh. A 2005 study found that women were attracted to men who made them laugh, while men found women attractive when they laughed at their jokes.
  8. We're attracted to people we see regularly: Proximity plays a role in attraction, so if you've got a crush, find a way to bump into him or her regularly. People are more likely to hook up (even for the long haul) with someone they're physically close to, in class, at work, friends, or neighbors.
  9. Gay men go either way: There's no straight rule for what gay men find attractive, although they usually favor one of two types. Socially speaking, Time notes that gay men either favor "guys who look as if they are in their teens, [or] guys who look as if they could be your dad."
  10. We like people who look similar to us: Don't fret if your significant other is tall while you're short, or is even a completely different race than you. Even similarities between lung volume, ear lobe length and metabolic rates have been found among couples, causing scientists to believe that humans like picking mates who resemble themselves. Another study even found that we're more likely to stay married to and abstain from child abuse if we end up with a mate with a similar genetic makeup.
  11. Birth control pills may affect attraction: This next item is still inconclusive, but we thought it was worth considering. Because the type of characteristics that women find attractive in a man waver so dramatically depending on her monthly cycle, scientists are starting to think that women who take birth control pills — which control hormones more steadily — may have an affect on what — or who — they're attracted to. And on the other hand, scientists discovered that men are generally more attracted to women when they're most fertile. But if they're altering their fertility — never quite reaching peak condition — men might find them less attractive than if they were not taking birth control.
  12. Romantic love might be more important than sex: Beyond symmetry, sex, reproductive potential and proximity, true love is still a powerful influence in forming overall attraction. Scientists who took brain scans of people newly in love found "more activity related to love than sex…" reports LiveScience.com.
  13. Reciprocal liking: This theory is in direct opposition to unrequited love. Reciprocal liking means that we're attracted to the person who likes us back. We're flattered that they like us, which makes us feel good, which makes us associate positive feelings with that person.
  14. We want a mate who resembles our parents: You've probably heard that girls just want to grow up and marry someone who reminds them of their fathers. But the same is probably true for men, too. We might be attracted to people who look like our parents because we look like our parents (see #10).
  15. Positive association plays a role: Related to #13, this idea is based on findings that we make emotional, irrational associations with people based on what we're feeling at that time, even if it has nothing to do with that person. For instance, you might think a guy is cute when you see him in line at airport security — when you're frustrated and tired — but you won't be as attracted to him as the guy you play kickball with on Thursdays — when you're more relaxed and happy.

Organs You Can Donate While Living

February 7th, 2011

More than 110,000 Americans are waiting for organ donations, as they struggle to live with conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The waiting list is larger than the entire population of cities like South Bend, Indiana or Cambridge, Massachusetts. But hospitals find fewer than 15,000 donors per year, so dozens of those patients die every day before finding a new organ, according to the country's largest transplant center, the Mayo Clinic, which is located in Rochester, Minnesota. Fortunately, advances in medical technology have helped to uncover a new source of healthy organs – living donors. Doctors transplant more than 6,000 organs from these individuals every year, and the number is growing fast, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The list of extra organs that living donors can spare includes six major parts:

  1. Kidney: Kidney donation is the most frequent living donor procedure, as healthy people can give up one of their two kidneys and still enjoy a long life as the remaining organ continues to remove waste from the body.
  2. Liver: Similar to kidneys, the liver grows in pairs, or lobes, in all healthy individuals, helping them digest food and remove waste products from the blood. The organ also has a tremendous power of regeneration, making it perfect for living donation because the remaining lobe grows back in both donor and recipient.
  3. Lung: Lungs also grow in pairs, so most people can donate a single lung — or just a portion of one — and continue healthy breathing with the remaining parts.
  4. Pancreas: Although the pancreas cannot regenerate itself, the organ will continue to function even if a living donor gives part of it away. People need the pancreas for its ability to brew enzymes that digest food in the intestine and insulin that controls blood sugar levels.
  5. Intestine: Intestines don't grow back, but the tube-shaped organ is so long that it continues to digest food with just a fraction of its original length.
  6. Heart: The heart can neither repair itself nor function without all its parts, yet living donors can still survive its transplant if they have a waiting replacement heart. This requires a web of donors supplying parts to each other, and is only used when a sick patient needs a double donation of both heart and lung to survive.

People can register to become living donors if they are between the ages of 18 and 60, and have never had diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, kidney disease or heart disease. In 1994, Donna Luebke of Montville Township, Ohio, met those requirements and decided to donate her left kidney to her ailing older sister. Donors are often closely related to their recipients because the body will reject a new organ unless the two people's blood types match. Doctors took the kidney from Luebke's side through a 12-inch incision, and her sister soon recovered thanks to the new organ. After the operation, Donna Luebke worked hard for six months to return to her pre-surgery condition. She slowly built up her strength from simply taking a shower to strolling around the block to taking three-mile walks. Today she has emerged as a major advocate for the rights and support of living donors.

What Jobseekers Should Never Share Online

February 7th, 2011

Not too long ago, if somebody wanted to share their vacation photos with friends, they would either burn some CDs or carry a few photos around in their wallet. However, the last few years have seen advances in technology that now allow people to share every almost every detail of their life. Uploading every picture, video
or thought from your life can be great for friends and occasionally family, but not so much for potential employers. There is a big difference between life on a college campus and the real world. Here are some things jobseekers should never share online.

  • You never know who’s looking. Chances are if you are going to a party today, more than a few people in attendance will have camera, and the photos they take will probably end up on Facebook. So while dancing on that table topless or doing that keg stand might have been fun at the time, any photos of it that appear online might take you out of the running for your dream job. More employers are visiting applicants' Facebook profiles to get a better sense of who they are, the CBS Evening News reported. In some cases, they are even finding ways to access information from profiles with strict privacy settings. Tim DeMello, owner of the internet company Ziggs, estimated that around 20 percent of employers scan an applicant’s online profile before they conduct an interview. What they discover might be shocking. "They come in all buttoned up, their clothing is meticulous, they spend years building this resume, and this person that’s sitting there is almost entirely different than the person posting on these websites," DeMello said. According to CBS, anything that people upload becomes a part of their online footprint, which may affect people well beyond their college years.
  • If you’re going to do it, just don’t document it. Though we live in a time where every car chase is broadcast live on all the 24-hour news networks, not everything needs to be documented. Whatever happened to good old-fashioned memories? If you are going to a party, have fun, but think about your future. If other guests are doing drugs or anything beyond chugging a few beers, you probably don’t want to be there. You will also regret going if a picture of you appears online next to a guy who is engaging in illegal activity.
  • We get it, you’re sexy. Taking flirty or sexually explicit pictures of oneself for a boyfriend, girlfriend or even as a joke is never a good idea, even if it is intended to be private. Look to any number of celebrity scandals to see how quickly something like this can blow up in everybody’s faces. About.com recommends not sharing anything you would not want your parents to see. Also, though you trust your sweetheart with those pictures right now, just wait until there is a breakup. You never know who else will see those photos.
  • Facebook is not your personal journal. When a user logs onto Facebook, the first thing they might see is the status bar, asking, "what’s on your mind?" It is not rude to just ignore that; Mark Zuckerberg will not be offended. The truth is, while it may feel good to vent online about personal problems, a professor at school or even an employer, it can come back to haunt you. Plus, if employers visit your page and see a history of complaining about previous bosses and other authority figures, they probably are not the type of person a company wants around.
  • Think before you post. Before starting the job search, it might be a good idea to do a Google search of your name and see what comes up. A few things might surprise you.

Nursing Grant to Benefit Future Educators

February 7th, 2011

In an effort to stem a shortage of healthcare professors, Iowa Student Loan is offering grants to individuals who wish to pursue additional nursing programs, The Grand Views reports.

Money is cited as one of the main reasons for the shortage. Iowa Student Loan’s grants will provide up to $125,000 for individuals who plan to become nursing educators.

Greta Degen, a faculty member in Grand View University’s nursing department, says that Iowa Student Loan's grant program “removes an important financial obstacle that stands in the way of nurses who want to teach and are concerned about the financial implications of going back to school.”

Individuals who qualify for the scholarship may receive up to $4,000 per academic year. The program is designed for graduate-level students in Iowa who are pursuing nursing degrees, and either work as educators or plan to.

The news source reports that in 2008, Iowa had more than 100 nursing job vacancies.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, in 2009, U.S. nursing schools had to turn away 54,991 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate programs due in part to a shortage of faculty.

15 Harmful Things You’re Doing to Your Feet

February 6th, 2011

When it comes to your health, you're hopefully already committed to eating right, getting regular check-ups, and exercising. But staying healthy means paying attention to all parts of your body, inside and outside. Taking care of your feet, for instance, can prevent all sorts of problems and conditions which could land you in hospital. Back pain, circulation problems, infections and other injuries are common side effects from poor foot health. To prevent such issues, take a look at this list of 15 harmful things you might be doing to your poor, tired, old feet.

  1. Wearing shoes: Certain shoes are worse than others — you'll find that out as you keep reading this list — but all shoes hurt our feet. A study conducted by the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa found that societies who didn't wear shoes had the healthiest feet, making them believe that humans had better feet before they began wearing shoes. Why? Shoes alter our natural walking pattern and inhibit our natural gait, a system that took 4 million years to perfect.
  2. Careless pedicures: Many women enjoy decades of weekly pedicures without consequence, but there's still a risk for infections. Going to get a pedicure on the same day you shaved your legs or if you have cuts or wounds on your feet or toes raises the risk of infection. Poorly or unsterilized instruments are also a threat, and make sure your technician doesn't trim your toenails too short or push back your cuticles, your toenails' natural protector.
  3. Flip-Flops: Once just a beach or pool-side "shoe," this form of footwear is an American staple, symbolizing our casual attitude or chronic laziness and disrespect for basic manners, depending on your viewpoint. But besides the gauche-ness of flip-flops, there's a health issue at hand, too. Flip-flops offer no arch support, which causes feet to roll inward and develop pain over time. Other problems include overworked muscles and tendons, calluses, heel fissures, lower back pain, and leaving your feet vulnerable to sharp pebbles, glass and other debris.
  4. Walking barefoot in public areas: It's sounds disgusting, but it happens more often than you'd think. Walking barefoot in locker rooms, and even in seemingly clean and posh spas or saunas puts you at very high risk for Athlete's foot, a fungal infection that causes uncomfortable itching and burning, as well as plantar warts, which can become very painful.
  5. Cramped shoes: Wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area don't let your toes stretch out, leading to hammer toe over time. You can perform various toe exercises to stretch them out.
  6. Narrow-toed high-heels: Cramped shoes lead to hammer toe, but narrow-toed high-heels can cause you to develop painful and/or unsightly bunions, which cause the big toe to point outward because of an enlarged joint or even extra bone formation. Swelling, redness and discomfort accompany bunions, which can be treated by wearing more comfortable shoes, applying cold packs, taking anti-inflammatory medication, or simply resting the foot.
  7. Wearing shoes that make your feet sweat: Wearing shoes too long or wearing shoes that don't breathe don't just make your feet stinky. You end up breeding bacteria and fungi in your socks and shoes, and also allow blisters to develop with all of that chafing and slipping going on against your poor heels or toes.
  8. Forgetting sunscreen: We usually remember to slather the sunscreen on our shoulders, backs and even faces, but our feet are often forgotten. And when you're suntanning for hours at the beach, your poor feet — which aren't used to being exposed to the sun in such an extreme way — can get toasted very easily.
  9. Forgetting the socks: When you wear shoes without socks — especially tennis shoes, boots or other tie-up shoes, you increase your chances for developing calluses and corns. Wear thick enough socks to avoid the slipping and friction that causes these painful, ugly developments.
  10. Not taking extra care of your feet if you have diabetes: Diabetics need to take extra care of their feet to avoid injury and other problems as they lose feeling and circulation in the area. Washing feet in warm water daily, moisturizing, cutting toenails, wearing socks and correctly fitting shoes, and examining your feet for cuts, sores or calluses is recommended.
  11. Not protecting your feet against the elements: If you're hiking, skiing or just walking in extremely cold conditions, you've got to take care of your body, especially your feet. Frostbite occurs after cells begin to die when they're exposed to frigid temperatures, and continue to die after they've been denied oxygen. Wear thick socks and shoes designed for such temperatures, and never expose your skin directly to the air or snow.
  12. UGGs: Like flip-flops, the hefty sheepskin boots — and all their knock-offs — are either loved or hated. Fans of UGGs praise their comfort and warmth, but a Philadelphia podiatrist found that the boots lack any kind of arch support, and many women complain of tired feet if they wear their UGGs too long. Knock-off UGGs have result in the highest risk for discomfort and bad arch support.
  13. Not getting enough -iums in your diet: Calcium, magnesium and potassium are integral for good muscle health, and painful charley horses can attack when you're not getting enough of these nutrients in your diet. They can also point to dehydration and can cause soreness that lasts for days, so take supplements or modify your eating habits accordingly.
  14. Not cutting your toenails correctly: Avoiding ingrown toenails or nails that are cut too short (and lead to painful infections or sores later) involves more than cutting straight across. Cut nails when they're dry, filing instead of cutting, and leaving the cuticles are recommended techniques.
  15. Wearing old shoes: Shoes that have more than 350-500 miles logged aren't giving you the arch support you need. They may also be worn on the insides, which allows for more slipping, chafing and friction, causing blisters, corns and calluses.

CareFirst Scholarships Encourage Nurses to Become Educators

February 3rd, 2011

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is offering $1.28 million in scholarship funding to healthcare workers with an interest in returning to school for a master’s in nursing degree.

The Project RN scholarship program is a direct response to the shortage of well-trained nursing faculty members. Individuals who plan to receive additional education and become professors at the undergraduate level will benefit from the aid.

A total of 16 two-year scholarships will be awarded to students, each of which are worth $80,000.

Students at academic intuitions in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and northern Virgina are eligible to receive the scholarships. According to John P. Shematek, senior vice president and chief medical officer for the association, this region is expected to face a “significant” nursing shortage over the next 10 years.

“Project RN offers nurses a tremendous opportunity to become college professors and teach what they love,” says Shematek, who believes the initiative will have a positive impact on the region’s shortage.

Since its inception in 2007, Project RN has helped 14 individuals obtain their master’s degrees in nursing. Of these students, 12 have gone on to become professors. 

Proposed Grant Can Further Nursing Education

February 3rd, 2011

Jay Nixon, governor of Missouri, has announced plans to grant the state’s public universities an additional $3 million over the next three years, the Southeast Missourian reports. This funding may benefit individuals who wish to obtain nursing degrees.

The state’s funding proposal would build on 2009’s Caring for Missourians initiative. This one-time investment of $40 million was designed to increase the number of healthcare professionals receiving an education through Missouri’s public institutions.

Through Caring for Missourians, the state’s four-year universities planned to raise the capacity of existing nursing programs. In the end, 203 seats were filled and 81 slots were added on a permanent basis.

Southeast Missouri State University was one of the initiative’s beneficiaries. The $1.2 million in funding the institution received allowed the school to offer a second accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree.

“By investing in nursing education, we are meeting a vital need for qualified health professionals in Missouri, and we are helping students compete in a rapidly growing industry,” Nixon said.

Healthcare experts predict that when the nation’s economy stabilizes, a number of nursing professionals may retire and contribute to a shortage of these workers.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing projects that the largest segment of the nursing workforce will be in their 50s by 2012.