UT College of Nursing fighting nurse shortage

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee has received a $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program.

The funding will help pay for five students who meet certain criteria: They are making a career switch to nursing and are underrepresented in the field.

The grant comes in the aftermath of a report by UT's Center for Business and Economic Research predicting an increasing shortage of registered nurses this decade. Dean Victoria Niederhauser said nurses are becoming scarce because of a lack of funding and faculty to educate them.

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