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December 3, 2010

CareFirst BlueCross to provide scholarships for advanced nursing degrees

nurseCareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said this morning it will give out $1.28 million in scholarships to nurses who want to get Master's degrees and become professors.

The state's largest insurer is hoping to help tackle the nursing shortage by increasing the number of college faculty available to train new nurses.

The scholarships are part of a program called Project RN that CareFirst launched in 2007. CareFirst will award 16 two-year scholarships, or $80,000 per student. The scholarships will be distributed through colleges and universities in the insurer's coverage area, which includes Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia.

Nurses should apply directly through the schools. Schools that have participated in Project RN are Johns Hopkins University,  University of Maryland School of Nursing, Georgetown University, Howard University, Towson University, George Mason University, Marymount University and Catholic University.

Project RN has helped 14 nurses earn their graduate degrees over the years. Twelve nurses continue to teach undergraduate classes.

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Categories: Physician shortage

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

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