AUSTIN, Texas, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As National Nurses Week kicks off May 6-12, WGU Texas is showing its love for nurses and encouraging Texans to pursue their dreams of an undergraduate or graduate degree by offering the WGU Texas Loves Nurses Scholarship, texas.wgu.edu/rnlove
"Nursing is a high-demand, health care field that offers rewarding career opportunities across Texas and the nation," said WGU Texas Chancellor Veronica Vargas Stidvent. "We're grateful for the men and women who choose nursing as their calling and profession. And, we want to make pursuing their dreams of a nursing degree more accessible and affordable."
To celebrate Nurses Week, WGU Texas will award multiple scholarships, each valued up to $2,000, to motivated nurses who are ready to take on the increasing challenges of today's hospitals, medical practices and other health care settings.
New WGU Texas students pursuing certain nursing and health care degrees at WGU Texas are eligible for the WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship. WGU Texas students are eligible to apply for this scholarship up to 60 days prior to their start date and up to 60 days after starting a degree program. Eligible degree programs include:
- B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure)
- B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN online)
- B.S. Health Information Management
- B.S. Business—Healthcare Management
- M.S. Nursing—Education (for RNs with BSNs)
- M.S. Nursing—Leadership and Management (for RNs with BSNs)
- M.S. Nursing—Nursing Informatics (for RNs with BSNs)
- M.S. Nursing—Education (RN to MSN Option)
- M.S. Nursing—Leadership and Management (RN to MSN Option)
- M.S. Nursing—Nursing Informatics (RN to MSN Option)
- M.S. Integrated Healthcare Management
- MBA Healthcare Management
Going back to school is a big decision. While research indicates that a higher-educated nursing workforce is key to increasing access to quality patient care, the high cost of education, time commitment and other personal responsibilities can become barriers to pursuing educational and career goals.
WGU Texas graduate RaQuita Weeks-Lee of Cedar Hill had to overcome several personal obstacles on her path to a master's in nursing education. "At WGU Texas, I found a way to continue my nursing education even when the odds seemed stacked against me," said Weeks-Lee.
"My own health challenges and the passing of my mother during my studies could have deterred me from completing my degree, but my WGU Texas family, my mentor and my immediate family stepped in to support and encourage me to stay in track for my M.S. in Nursing – Education. It's a challenging and rewarding career, and I'm grateful for WGU Texas for helping me to further studies and advance my work in the field of nursing," she added. Weeks-Lee was also a featured speaker at the WGU Texas' 2016 commencement.
Multiple scholarships will be awarded, based on a candidate's academic record, readiness for online study and current competency, and other considerations. Learn more about WGU Texas Nurses Scholarships online at http://texas.wgu.edu/rnlove and by following @WGUTexas on social media.
About WGU Texas
WGU Texas is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Texans' access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Texas and nationally-recognized Western Governors University, WGU Texas is open to all qualified Texas residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.
Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).*
Learn more at texas.wgu.edu or call 1-877-214-7011.
*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington, DC 20036, 202-877-6791).
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