- For the third year in a row, The University of Southern Mississippi's
Dr. Bonnie Harbaugh has secured grant funding to assist full-time
nursing students in pursuing master's and doctoral degrees. The
funding will allow Southern Miss graduates to be among those helping
deal with a nationwide shortage of nurses, in particular nurses
with advanced degrees.
The grant is
an Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship, and is awarded by the
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources
and Services Administration (HRSA). This year's award is for $78,900.
Last year, Harbaugh secured $98,000, and the year before $75,000.
of money awarded each year is based on a number of factors, including
the overall number of nursing students and the number of students
pursuing master's and doctoral degrees.
grants are awarded to full-time nursing students who are pursuing
master's or doctoral degrees. The money is used to help pay for
tuition and fees.
allows nurses in graduate school to reduce the amount of outside
work they must do, helping them get out of school faster,"
And once they
are out, the master's and doctoral graduates should be welcomed
with open arms. There is currently no shortage of nurse practitioners,
Harbaugh said, but the health care system is badly in need of advanced
degree nursing graduates, those prepared to teach at colleges and
schools of nursing and to serve as leaders in their field.
graduates as quickly as possible into the positions where they will
make a difference is the HRSA grant's primary purpose.
offers master's degrees in adult health, community health, administration,
family nurse practitioner, psychiatric nursing and psychiatric nurse
practitioner. It offers a doctoral in nursing and ethics, leadership
and health policy analysis.
in attending the Southern Miss College of Nursing's master's or
doctoral program should call 266-5456 for more information. They
can also visit the college's Web site at www.nursing.usm.edu.