Scholarships now available for nursing students to address shortage created by COVID-19 resignations

By: - November 28, 2022 4:00 am
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Health care students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. (Courtesy of University of Nebraska at Kearney)

LINCOLN — In an effort to address a COVID-19-induced shortage of nurses in Nebraska, the state is now seeking applicants for $2,500-per-semester scholarships for nursing students.

A total of $5 million in scholarships is being offered, with recipients being required to practice nursing in Nebraska for a minimum of two years.

“Nurses are an indispensable part of health care across our state,” said Charity Menefee, the director of operations for the Division of Public Health with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

“In the wake of the pandemic, it is important that we support future nurses and provide them with the resources they need to become effective members of our medical community,” she said.

Stress caused by COVID-19, as well as earlier-than-expected retirement of some nurses, contributed to a workforce shortage in the field that is expected to grow to 5,400 nurses by 2025 in the state.

The scholarship money is being awarded on a first-come, first-served basis through the DHSS using funds obtained from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan Act.

Any Nebraska resident currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a Nebraska Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse or accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is eligible to apply.

Applicants can apply at the following link:

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska Legislature and Nebraska state government for decades. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation, a member of the Nebraska Hop Growers and a volunteer caretaker of Irvingdale Park in Lincoln.