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Dec. 20, 2005

UI Nursing Graduate Student Wins $25,000 Scholarship

Meghan McGonigal-Kenney, a doctoral student and research assistant in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, has been named one of five national winners of a Monster Healthcare-AACN Nursing Faculty Scholarship.

McGonigal-Kenney, the first student to be admitted to the college's B.S.N.-Ph.D. program, will receive $25,000 to cover living expenses to allow full-time school attendance. Additionally, McGonigal-Kenney has been awarded a scholarship from the College of Nursing to cover tuition.

This new scholarship program was created to address the growing shortage of nurse educators. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) teamed with Monster Healthcare, a division of the global online career service provider Monster (, to increase the number of nurse educators needed to expand student capacity in entry-level nursing programs.

Last year, AACN found that more than 32,000 qualified students were turned away from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs due largely to a shortage of faculty.

"All efforts to address the shortage of nurses in the U.S. will fail unless we focus on increasing the supply of faculty needed to prepare new nurses," said AACN President Jean E. Bartels.

"The AACN and Monster Healthcare are to be applauded for recognizing one of the root causes of our nation's current nursing shortage and taking action to address the issue," added Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., the Kelting Dean of the UI College of Nursing. "This is exactly the type of incentive for action required to fix this problem, and we are thrilled that Meghan is among the first to be honored with this scholarship."

In addition to providing scholarship funds, Monster Healthcare will also provide students with part-time jobs (a minimum of 10 hours per week) to enhance the students' clinical experiences and give award recipients health benefits while enrolled in school. Upon graduation, scholarship winners will be expected to serve in a teaching capacity at a nursing school for a minimum of one year for every year scholarship monies were received.

"I am very pleased and humbled to be receiving such an award," said McGonigal-Kenney, a 1996 graduate of Story City (Iowa) High School. "Dean Dreher's commitment to assist in addressing the shortage of nurse educators is much appreciated. I am also grateful to other faculty at the College of Nursing who have mentored and supported me in my educational endeavors."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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