College of Nursing opens application for Nursing Faculty Loan Program
Federal grant program designed to increase number of faculty available to teach future nurses
The Ohio State University College of Nursing today opened the application for the Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) for nursing doctoral students interested in making a difference in the education of future generations of nurses.
The NFLP, funded by a grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides funding to eligible doctoral students who are interested in becoming an educator after finishing their terminal degree. The program was created to address the growing shortage of nursing faculty across the country. In exchange for full-time, post-graduation employment as nurse faculty, this program authorizes cancelation of up to 85 percent of loans for a period of four years after graduation. Students who complete additional coursework through the college’s nurse educator certificate while enrolled in their doctoral program will receive distinct consideration.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into stark focus something we already knew: that qualified nurses delivering high-quality, safe care to patients can transform health and improve lives,” said Cindy Anderson, PhD, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. “We want to continue building a pipeline of nursing professionals through our top-tier academic programs, underscoring the need for great nurse faculty who are passionate about teaching and mentoring future generations at our college and nationally.”
Additional information about the NFLP and a link to the application are on the “Loans” page of the College of Nursing website. Anderson will host an online information session for doctoral students to learn more about this opportunity on Tuesday, June 23 from 10 – 11 a.m. EDT.
The deadline for completed applications is July 15, 2020.