Tenn. To Encourage Nursing Instructors Through Loan Forgiveness

Nashville (AP) -- Governor Bredesen said Monday a new program to encourage registered nurses to pursue teaching degrees should help alleviate the nursing shortage in Tennessee.

Nurses participating in the program would have a quarter of their student loans forgiven for each year they teach at a Tennessee nursing school.

The state needs to fill 383 nursing faculty positions by 2010 to shore up teaching shortages.

About $1 million of the $1.4 million needed to launch the program has been raised from the health care industry. Bredesen said the state would take over the funding for future years.

The program would pay for 100 registered nurses to obtain the two-year graduate degrees they need to qualify for teaching positions.

Nearly 2,400 nursing school applicants were turned away last year because the state lacked the nursing faculty to train them.

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