FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 20, 2009
CONTACT: Elizabeth Fischtziur - (425) 352-3636 - firstname.lastname@example.org
BOTHELL, Wash. - The Nursing Program at the University of Washington Bothell will receive $330,000 as part of the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to fund year-two of its "An Initiative to Train Nursing Faculty in Partnership with a Consortium of Colleges." U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Representative Jay Inslee led the efforts to pass this legislation with the continued support of the entire Washington delegation.
Nursing Program Director Mary Baroni said, "We are delighted to hear that our Nursing Consortium is funded for a second year. During the first year we were able to expand our MN student enrollment, allocate $140,000 in scholarship support and increase much needed nursing faculty in the community colleges.
"On March 6 we hosted our first Faculty-to-Faculty Consortium meeting with over 100 participants representing faculty from each of our 14 partner schools. Faculty convened for a day to consider strategies for addressing the nursing faculty shortage in our region, and to discuss the needs, challenges and opportunities we have as current faculty to recruit, mentor and retain our much-needed next generation of nursing faculty.
"With this additional funding, we will be able to plan and implement selected strategies that emerged from this first faculty consortium in addition to continuing to provide scholarship support to UW Bothell students who are interested in teaching at one of our partner schools. We believe this type of grassroots faculty-to-faculty initiative could serve as an innovative state-wide model for addressing the current nursing faculty shortage which is only expected to worsen as large numbers of experienced nursing faculty approach retirement age over the next ten years.
The consortium includes the following institutions, the majority of which currently share articulation agreements with the UW Bothell Nursing Program: Bellevue Community College, Bellingham Technical College, Everett Community College, Highline Community College, Lake Washington Technical College, North Seattle Community College, Peninsula College, Renton Technical College, Seattle Central Community College, Shoreline Community College, Skagit Valley College (Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses), South Seattle Community College, and Whatcom Community College.
The expanded partnerships strengthen UW Bothell's nursing education offerings to best meet the needs and opportunities identified by consortium faculty, enabling the program to continue to educate highly qualified nursing educators who will serve to prepare the region's next generation of nurses and health care professionals. Consortium schools are located in King, Island, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties with the schools' nursing alumni practicing throughout the state and region.
About the UW Bothell Nursing Program: The UW Bothell Nursing Program offers two academic degree programs both of which serve working nurses who must balance work, families and social responsibilities. The first is the RN to BSN completion program which allows nurses whose pre-licensure nursing education was based in diploma or associate degree programs to complete their BSN through efficient scheduling of classes one day per week. Since the program was established in 1992, over 1,200 RN to BSN students have graduated from this program and most continue to live and work in the Northern Puget Sound region.
The second program offered is the Master of Nursing program which focuses on leadership in education, practice, policy, and program development. The cohort program is offered in either a 7 quarter or 11 quarter sequence of study, with classes scheduled one day a week. Since admitting its first students in 2002, 88 nurses have graduated from the program with twenty-eight (32%) currently serving as faculty in regional ADN and BSN programs.
For additional information on the Consortium, its sponsoring grant or the Nursing Program, please contact email@example.com.
About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell was founded in 1990 to serve King and Snohomish counties and north Puget Sound area students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees. UW Bothell offers degree programs in applied computing, business, nursing, education, computing and software systems, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, cultural studies, and policy studies.