The University of Rochester School of Nursing today announced a new pilot program supporting the ongoing education of University of Rochester employees.
The UR School of Nursing Tuition Grant will supplement the University’s existing employee tuition benefits to cover the full cost of tuition for UR employees who apply and enroll as new students in select degree programs between the spring 2019 and summer 2020 semesters.
The grant, developed in partnership with nursing practice at the University of Rochester Medical Center, supports eligible UR employees pursuing the following programs:
“We are committed to supporting University of Rochester nurses and health care professionals,” said Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, dean of the UR School of Nursing. “Education is a vital component to their career success, so we are opening this window of opportunity to ensure that all of our employees have access to these emerging programs regardless of their ability to pay.”
Full-time UR employees eligible for University tuition benefits must be accepted and enrolled in classes no later than the start of the Summer 2020 semester to receive the grant, which is equal to 5 to 15 percent of tuition for two courses per semester. Part-time employees eligible for tuition benefits can receive the grant for one course per semester.
New full-time hires who enroll in a program will receive a 100 percent grant from the School of Nursing for one course per semester until they become eligible for tuition benefits. The limited-time grant will be applied only to coursework taken at the UR School of Nursing.
In addition to supporting the academic journeys of individual nurses, the grant was devised to bolster the strength of the workforce as a whole at Strong Memorial Hospital and other UR facilities. By removing the financial barriers to degree programs, the grant aims to spur more nurses to pursue additional education to enhance their clinical practice, as well as prepare themselves for career advancement and positions of leadership.
“This is a win-win for our employees and for the University,” said Karen Davis, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, associate vice president and chief nursing executive of URMC. “As we’ve seen with the recent BS in 10 legislation and the need for more master’s-prepared nurses, there are increasing educational demands on both nurses and hospitals. I am excited that this academic-clinical partnership with the School of Nursing will help us address that.”