The Shortage of Registered Nurses in the United States is an Existential Healthcare Threat
Before the COVID pandemic, in 2020 the Texas Department of Health Services projected a deficit of 57,012 RN FTEs by 2032. Based on this projection, 16.3% of the projected demand for RNs in 2032 will not be met, especially in the inpatient hospital setting.
The shortfall of RNs has accelerated since the 2020 study nationally. An estimated 100,000 RNs left the nursing workforce between 2020 and 2021, as RNs retired or left the field after grueling pandemic work conditions made their jobs much harder. Parkland Hospital management in Dallas reported in a January 2023 press interview that the shortfall in RNs at their hospital alone had already reached 20%.
Based on our over 900-year tradition as Hospitaler Knights and in response to the growing nursing shortage, JHG Texas Nursing Scholarships help increase the number of registered nurses in Texas by supporting financially needy nursing students who would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of attending nursing school. By doing so, we believe that we can attack two problems at once: we can help to make more qualified nurses available in the North Texas region and, secondly, JHG Texas helps ensure that student nurses may earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a highly rated four-year college of nursing. Published studies show that hospitals with a higher percentage of Registered Nurses with a BSN have acquired the critical thinking skills that result in improved patient outcomes and a lower rate of hospital inpatient deaths.
JHG Texas Nursing Scholars maintain a 3.5 GPA to remain eligible for our financial support at our partner colleges of nursing.
Beyond fostering the education for nursing students who may not otherwise be able to afford it and helping to bring more nurses to North Texas, we believe that the support we provide greatly helps the confidence and self-reliance of nursing students.
As Miss Sabharwal, our first scholarship recipient in 2017 commented: “As a JHG Texas Nursing Scholar, the JHG Texas Nursing Scholarship demonstrates belief in my abilities, which gives me “heart” and added self-assurance encouraging me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.”
“I’m very grateful for the scholarship! As I continue my nursing education, it not only helps me financially, but the support gives me even more motivation to be the best nurse I can be. It is wonderful that they believe in students like me and help me accomplish my goal to serve others as a nurse. The Knights have encouraged me through their scholarship!” – Alizaeth Peralta, TWU student and JHG Texas Nursing Scholarship Recipient
“With this scholarship, I am able to focus more on my studies. It has allowed me more time and energy to put towards studying. I am forever grateful that I was chosen to receive this scholarship.” – Sara Brown, TWU student and JHG Texas Nursing Scholarship Recipient
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