Due to the growing number of retirees in the country, there is a great need for nurses everywhere. Qualified nurses seem to be hard to find. In a few years, this nursing shortage will only increase.
This shortage is not only in qualified nurses, but in medical teaching staff also. To try and alleviate this situation many employers are offering prospective employees signing bonuses and flexible work schedules. Those who are already in the field should also consider continuing your education receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree to boost your knowledge, salary and quite possibly your position.
Nurses due have a modest average salary, but with a higher education they can move up into administration, teaching and/or a lateral move to a different discipline of nursing. Those interested have great opportunities when it comes to the scholarships offered. Here are a few graduate level scholarships that are available.
Charlotte McGuire Scholarships: Established through the American Holistic Nurses Association, this scholarship program was designed to assist nurses who are committed to Holistic Medicine and are pursuing professional development in the field. Some of the criteria for this scholarship is the following:
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA
- Have experience and interest in healing and holistic nursing practice
- Current member of AHNA
- Have been a member for a minimum of six months at the time of application submission for undergraduate award and one year for the graduate award
The Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education (FNRE): The FNRE provides a scholarship for individuals seeking to study Clinical Nursing in the neonatal profession. There are scholarships available for Master’s and Doctoral candidates, as well as nurse practitioner and nurse manager. Each award is for $1,500 per recipient. Criteria for these scholarships are:
- You must be officially admitted to a college or school of higher education for: (a) Bachelor of Science in Nursing, (b) Master in Science in Nursing for Advance Practice in Neonatal Nursing, (c) Doctoral degree in Nursing, (d) Master’s or Post-Master degree in Nursing Administration or Business Management
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- You must be a professionally active neonatal nurse
- You must not have received a FNRE scholarship or grant in the past five years
Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program: The Health Professions Education Foundation provides this scholarship in hopes to increase the number of trained and qualified nursing professionals. Those who receive this scholarship are encouraged to practice nursing within an under-served community in California. For eligibility for the Allied Healthcare Scholarship the applicant must:
- Be currently accepted or enrolled into the fields of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Assistant, Medical Imaging, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiation Therapy Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Social Work, Speech Therapy, Surgical Technician, and Ultrasound Technician will be given priority. Other allied health professions may apply.
- Be free from any other service obligation
- Have a valid legal presence and ability to work and provide care in the state of California
- Graduate after January 31, 2013
- Be willing to work in a medically underserved area for two years
These are just a few of the great scholarships that are currently available for those looking to enhance their nursing careers. With a little research you will be able to find many more that are a perfect fit.