What you have to realize is that there is such a need for nurses that the government (and other organizations as well) are willing to provide financial programs to help those who want a nursing career!
Here are a few examples of the funding programs that are out there that are available to those who are seeking a career in nursing:
- One national nursing association has scholarship information on their website and financial aid for nursing students. They offer a $2,500 nursing scholarship to a deserving student every 60 days. In order to assist worthy applicants who are not selected, they have also expanded their online database which lists hundreds of grants and scholarship opportunities.
- There is another organization whose purpose is to encourage the research career development of all nurses. To effectively achieve this goal, the program supports research of beginning and experienced nurse researchers. In all award categories, the principal investigator must be a licensed registered nurse who has obtained at least one degree, either a baccalaureate degree or higher, in nursing. Beginning and experienced nurse researchers are encouraged to apply. Grants range from $3,000 to $25,000.
Beginning researcher: A nurse who has no more than three research-based publications in referenced journals and has received, as principal investigator, no more than $15,000 in extramural funding in one particular research area. Note: other funds obtained in support of the project submitted for funding consideration will not be considered in the $15,000 limitation.
Experienced researcher: A nurse who has more than three research-based journal\publications and has received more than, $15,000 as principal investigator, in research funding since their degree.
- Another foundation offers financial support to students enrolled in nursing schools and to perioperative nurses pursuing bachelors, masters, or doctoral degrees. "With the critical nursing shortage and the cost of higher education, this foundation knows it is of the utmost importance to fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in nursing and for nurses advancing their professional careers."
*Educational Grants: Complex patient needs, new advances in technology, and economic pressures are driving the need for more education. Nurses need innovative continuing education programs to maintain competency and to ensure safe and high-quality patient care. This foundation is committed to provide continuing education grant funds to meet these needs.
- Another grant program offers two annual scholarships of up to $17,500 each for minority students pursuing degrees in nursing and rehabilitation therapy programs.
- There are also a lot of "smaller" programs meaning that they are offered on a state level but there are many of these state programs available and the chances are good that your state has such a program!
So if you want to have a career in nursing and are looking for financial help in the form of grants (money that you do not have to pay back) and not loans then you should that there are many grant programs out there for those that want to pursue a career in nursing.
If people (so-called "experts") say that there are no such grant programs for nursing then kindly show them this blog post!