New scholarship program for USF nursing students via Moffitt

The Accelerated Second Degree Path gives students with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to earn a nursing degree through a four-semester, 16-month program.

TAMPA, Fla. — With ongoing nursing shortages plaguing the Sunshine State, a new partnership could help alleviate stress for students aspiring to become nurses.

Tuition and fees will be paid for some of the accelerated students at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, through a partnership with the Moffitt Cancer Center, a news release explains.

The Accelerated Second Degree Path gives students with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to earn a nursing degree through a four-semester, 16-month program. Moffitt leaders say they are committed to supporting students in this possible ideal entry into nursing practice.

The scholarship includes both tuition and fees for the whole program.

“We are so pleased to be in this partnership with USF,” Jane Fusilero, Moffitt’s chief nursing officer, said in a statement. “These accelerated students will be a way for us to continue to build our nursing pipeline for the future. It’s been a great working relationship with the Dean and her faculty.”

The only requirement? Students applying for the scholarship must commit to working for Moffitt for two years after graduation.

The goal of the partnership is to “bridge the gap between education and practice by combining on-the-job training for student nurses with a structured transition program into the professional nursing role,” explain the leaders. from USF Health in the release.

“We are very grateful and excited about this new opportunity through the Moffitt Cancer Center for our second-degree nursing students,” said Usha Menon, dean of the USF Health College of Nursing in a statement. “These students cannot always access the traditional scholarships available to first-time college attendees.”

Menon says the Moffitt scholarship will allow students to focus on their studies in the targeted path to professional practice as a nurse.

This scholarship comes at a time when Florida does not have enough nurses. Reports show that if demographic and occupational trends continue, the state will be nearly 60,000 short of nurses by 2035.

The report commissioned by the Florida Hospital Association and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida last year found that in 14 years, Florida will be short of 59,100 nurses, including 37,400 registered nurses (RNs) and 21,700 licensed practical nurses ( LPNs) needed to take care of all. its inhabitants.

The report’s authors used population demographics, forecasts and workplace trends to arrive at their analysis.

The main takeaway: there are too few nurses entering the profession and too many nurses leaving mid-career. Florida’s demographics make matters worse.

With the 65-74 year old population expected to increase by 32% and the 75+ population expected to increase by 74% over the next 14 years, the demand for nurses will only increase. The older a person is, the more likely they are to need medical attention.

But nursing shortages aren’t just affecting Florida. The medical field is seeing a large number of nurses leave their jobs across the country.

The reasoning behind the shortages? High demand and low supply, reports the University of St. Augustine (USA) in a study of data.

The university says increasing demand, flight of pensions, location factor, work stress and lack of nurse educators are the main reasons for the shortage of nurses.

With that in mind, what solutions are there to fix this problem?

According to the United States, better access to education, strategic workplace arrangements and flexibility, as well as lobbying and advocacy, could potentially help tackle the shortage.

10 Tampa Bay reporter Liz Crawford contributed to this report.

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