Aids Innovative Nursing Program

Alabama’s nursing shortage may be on the mend thanks to the Hill Crest Foundation and a new program at UAB’s School of Nursing. The foundation just provided a generous donation to the accelerated M.S.N. option for non–B.S.N. graduates, which is aimed at quickly putting more nurses in the work force. The gift will be used to support scholarships for the program.

“This [nursing] shortage directly impacts the quality of health care delivered to residents of Alabama,” says Doreen C. Harper, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing. “The Accelerated Masters in Nursing option will increase the number of talented nurses available to hospitals and clinics in our state. Many people who have non-nursing degrees have decided to make a career change to professional nursing. This program will help them become a nurse with a master’s degree in two to three years. In addition, after the first year a student will be qualified to take the state nursing license examination and will be able to practice nursing while completing the remaining requirements for the degree.”

This program not only produces qualified nurses quickly, but it also addresses a major underlying cause of the nursing crisis—a lack of faculty. Many who earn their M.S.N. degrees will go on to get their doctorates and become faculty members. Having more faculty means that the school is able to offer more slots to incoming nursing students, consequently leading to more nurses. The School of Nursing is currently hiring faculty and recruiting students for the program.

“With this gift, the Hill Crest Foundation is helping fulfill a local, national, and global need for highly trained and compassionate nurses,” says Shirley Salloway Kahn, Ph.D., vice president for development, alumni, and external relations. “Their continued support of UAB makes such a difference.”

For more than 23 years, the Hill Crest Foundation has supported UAB. Its contributions include substantial donations to help equip the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and to complete the Hugh Kaul Human Genetics Building and laboratory space in the neurobiology research center. It has supported many UAB programs and initiatives, ranging from medicine to the arts, through scholarship endowments, award funds, and research funds. This latest gift exemplifies the foundation’s generosity as well as its commitment to UAB’s progress and to improving quality of life in the community.

“It is through the generosity of the Hill Crest Foundation that students entering this Accelerated Masters option can receive financial assistance from this scholarship fund,” Dean Harper adds. “I admire the Hill Crest Foundation for being a true corporate citizen with a deep interest in the health care of our citizens. Many patients will directly benefit from this support.”

For more information please contact:
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations
218 School of Nursing Building
1701 University Boulevard
Phone: (205) 975-8936
Fax: 205-934-0269