HRSA Administrator Sees Growth Opportunities for Nurses Nationwide

Opportunities for nurses interested in preventive care and community- based wellness are growing due to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March 2010, according to an article by the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

In the article, Nurses and the Affordable Care Act, published in the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing, HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, outlined increased opportunities for nurses because of provisions in the ACA that allow HRSA to use funds for a variety of advanced educational opportunities including:

  • The Nurse Faculty Loan Program for Masters and PhD students interested in becoming teachers;
  • The Nursing Student Loan and the Nursing Workforce Diversity program, which allow students to borrow up to $17,000; and
  • The Nurse Education, Practice, and Retention grant program to increase focus on high quality care.

Wakefield also recognized the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) as a way for nurses to get help repaying student loans in exchange for working in an underserved community. NHSC employs 15,000 nurses (a third of whom are nurse practitioners), and currently has 1,700 vacancies. Nurses who commit at least two years can receive up to $50,000—family nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives are among the eligible specialties.

Those considering the Family Nurse Practitioner or the Nurse Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner programs in the Nursing@Georgetown program are encouraged to consider these funding opportunities. We invite you to learn more about the Nursing@Georgetown program, or call our admissions team at 1-877-910-4692.