AMN Healthcare Helps Combat Nursing Shortage Through Education

Thursday, September 4, 2008 General News
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SAN DIEGO, Sept 4 AMN Healthcare, the nation's largesthealthcare staffing firm, continues to help tackle the nation's nursingshortage by providing scholarships at the baccalaureate (BSN) and masters innursing (MSN) level, encouraging nurses to advance their careers and continueto grow in the profession.

Now in its third year, the AMN Healthcare Annual Scholarship Program hasalready distributed over $20,000 in scholarship money to travel nurses who areseeking to further their careers by pursuing either a BSN or an MSN degree.This is in addition to the existing scholastic endowments and nursingscholarships that AMN Healthcare has directly awarded or funded to nursingschools in 2008 to help their new students enter or advance the nursingprofession.

"By offering nurses a chance to fulfill their educational goals, we'realso helping them find satisfaction in their work, encouraging nurses to sharetheir experiences with others who might enter the profession, and adding tothe potential pipeline of future nurse educators," said Marcia Faller, RN,MSN, chief clinical officer and executive vice president, operations for AMNHealthcare. "We created this scholarship program to help dedicated nursesadvance their career and to enhance the future opportunities for nurses whoare entering the profession."

Recent studies by nursing experts -- featured in publications such asJournal of Nursing Administration and the Journal of Advanced Nursing -- haveshown that nurses who achieve a BSN or MSN degree can offer better care totheir patients and are more likely to continue in nursing, thereby reducingturnover rates that exacerbate the shortage. In addition, with a greaternumber of more highly educated nurses in the workforce, there will be morenurses qualified to teach, creating more opportunities for new students toenter nursing schools.

Candidates for the 2008 scholarships demonstrated clinical excellence intheir work experiences through AMN and submitted an application and an essayabout their pursuit of an advanced nursing degree. This year's essay topicwas: How advancing your education has impacted the quality of care you provideas a travel nurse.

This year's winners expressed their individual goals in nursing but alsoreflected a common theme among their essays -- pursuing a higher degree notonly allowed them to advance their career but also helped them to feel apersonal sense of accomplishment.

Company Summary

AMN Healthcare is the nation's largest healthcare staffing company in theUnited States and the leading nationwide provider in all four of its businesslines: travel nurse staffing, locum tenens staffing (temporary physicianstaffing), physician permanent placement services and allied staffing. AMNHealthcare recruits healthcare professionals both nationally andinternationally and places them on variable lengths of assignments and inpermanent positions at acute-care hospitals, physician practice groups andother healthcare settings throughout the United States. For more information,visit the AMN Healthcare Web site at recipients of this year's Annual Scholarship Program are: -- Renae Shire, RN from Westlake, OH -- William Mann, RN from Northridge, IL -- Amy Della Rosa, RN from Rumford, RI -- Paula Henson, RN from Swannanoa, NC -- Stephanie Johnson, RN from Durand, IL

SOURCE AMN Healthcare

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