Uniform Advantage sponsors graduate scholarships for The American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Uniform Advantage sponsors graduate scholarships for The American Association of Colleges of NursingUniform Advantage (UA) is proud to partner with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to help give graduate students an opportunity to further their master’s or doctoral degree in nursing through the Uniform Advantage-GNSA Scholarship Fund. AACN has formed the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) to provide free programs, services and resources to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs that meet their professional development needs.

Uniform Advantage-GNSA ScholarshipUA believes strongly in giving back to their communities and this graduate scholarship will allow students to be the next change agents and healthcare collaborators to impact a dynamic and complex healthcare industry. They will deliver advanced direct patient care, conduct research, be teachers, influence public policy, lead health systems, consult with corporations and implement evidence-based solutions that will transform healthcare. Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 to one winner in the fall and spring semesters. The deadline for the fall semester is September 30th, 2014 and January 31st, 2015 for the spring semester. For more information on entering the scholarship, please click here: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/ua-scholarship

About The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 750 schools of nursing nationwide, AACN works to establish quality standards for professional nursing programs, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. AACN is the authoritative source for the latest data and information related to innovations in nursing education, careers in nursing, federal advocacy on behalf of nursing education, diversity initiatives in nursing education, nursing-level quality improvement efforts, and new developments in the field. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu.

The Need for Graduate-Prepared Nurses

  • With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, more than 32 million Americans will gain access to healthcare services, including those provided by RNs and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).
  • This provides a huge demand for highly skilled providers to fill established and emerging roles that allow nurses to focus on a variety of practice areas, such as adult and family health, geriatrics, pediatrics, public health, administration, informatics, forensics, systems improvement, and genetics/genomics.
  • Graduate students will enjoy more opportunities to impact the overall design and implementation of care including higher salaries.
  • Healthcare positions in high demand include :
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
    • Clinical Nurse Leaders
    • Nurse Managers
    • Nurse Administrators
    • Nurse Educators
    • Health Policy Consultants
    • Nurse Researchers
    • Specialist Roles like Forensics, Case Management, School Nursing and Genetics/Genomics
    • Healthcare Administrator

Please spread the word about our graduate scholarship to someone you may know in need of financial assistance. Deadline for the Fall Semester is September 30th, 2014 and January 31st, 2015 for the Spring Semester.

For more information on entering the scholarship, please click here: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/ua-scholarship

How has a scholarship helped you to achieve your dreams? We would love to hear your testimonies!

Congratulations to Kevin Jacobson, the first recipient of the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship at Miami Dade College

Uniform Advantage recently formed an agreement with Miami Dade College to give a scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund to one lucky nursing student each semester. Per the scholarship, we will be giving away $500 to be used towards tuition, books and fees and a $100 Uniform Advantage gift card, which can be used towards nursing scrubs and accessories. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, and must be accepted into one of Miami Dade College’s nursing programs.

The first recipient of the scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund1 is Kevin Jacobson.  Kevin is attending Miami Dade College to receive his Associate of Science Degree in Transitional Nursing. When asked what made him want to go into nursing in the first place, Kevin told me that he had always known he would be working in the medical field but that his feelings were confirmed by his time spent in the Navy. As a hospital corpsman with the Navy, Kevin worked closely with nurses on duty around the world, and he realized that this level of patient care was better suited for his personality than any other type of medical profession.

After attending boot camp and corps school, Kevin spent another year at the medical ward before he was sent to the Navy Clinic for sick call. He was at the clinic when he got the news that a tsunami had ripped through Indonesia and that his services were needed overseas. Working on what Kevin calls the “Floating Hospital”, the Mercy Ship, he gave medical attention to the people from Indonesia, as well as those from the Philippines and Bangladesh, affected by the tsunami. He recalls that when his group first arrived in Indonesia, the victims of the tsunami were not very fond of Americans, but by the time the American soldiers and doctors were ready to leave, they saw a different side of Americans and were very appreciative.

Following five years in active duty, Kevin is now in the Reserves out of Hialeah, Florida, where he is putting his medical knowledge and experience to good use and attending Nursing School at Miami Dade College.  Thank you, Kevin, for all of your hard work locally and internationally, and congratulations on winning the scholarship!

-          Adam

 1 Miami Dade College awards the scholarship from the Uniform Advantage Nursing Scholarship Fund to one nursing student each semester.  For more information, visit the Financial Aid Department.