A Very Large Problem
The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies recorded a shortage in 2015 of nearly 15,000 Registered Nurses in Texas. The Center also projected a deficit of almost 60,000 RNs, including a deficit of 15,688 RNs in North Texas alone by the year 2030. Based on the Center’s projections for Texas, 20% of the projected demand for RNs in 2030 will not be met. The projected shortage of Registered Nurses in Texas is described in the press as catastrophic.
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, we can ensure that qualified, hard-working individuals who may not otherwise have the means can still enjoy an education in a field that they love.
Hospital staff also inform us there is not only a shortage of nurses, but more importantly there is a shortage of good, well-educated nurses. The JHG Texas Nursing Scholarship serves to improve the qualifications of graduating nursing students by requiring JHG Texas Nursing Scholars to maintain a 3.0 GPA as an absolute minimum. JHG Texas currently develops scholarships with three nursing colleges at DCCCD, TWU, and UTA to help student nurses along their path to earn a BSN.
At DCCCD, 63% of students come from households earning less than 80% of median family income. The DCCCD nursing school program awards an average of 400 nursing Associates Degrees annually. Moreover, a recent change in Texas legislation enables DCCCD to increase the number of graduates with a four-year BS in nursing in the near future.
At the highly ranked Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing in Dallas, which offers a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, 34.6% of nursing students come from extremely low-income families, and an additional 20.9% are from low-income families (55.5% combined). The fees and tuition cost of attendance per 15 hours semester at TWU is approximately $5,400. More than half of their nursing students need financial assistance!
The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation features tuition and related costs approaching $12,000 annually, while 50% of student nurses at UTA are regarded as financially needy.
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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