Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Mike Dunleavy announced that $2.1 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds have been awarded to the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health to increase the school’s capacity to train registered nurses.
The funding is intended to help UAA attract qualified instructors and keep faculty at the school, allowing the College of Health to enroll more nursing students who will be qualified to serve communities throughout Alaska.
The grant includes $875,000 for hiring bonuses and relocation allowances for up to 23 new faculty members or current faculty relocating to areas of high need, $900,000 for loan repayment of up to 15 new faculty members and 10 current faculty members, and $125,000 for tuition assistance for up to five bachelor’s prepared clinical instructors to receive a master’s degree.
The grant also includes $200,000 to hire a search firm with nursing faculty recruitment experience to facilitate the searches.
Governor Dunleavy stated in a release that graduates from the nursing program at UAA are highly regarded medical professionals, the more of them that can be trained in Alaska, the stronger the health care system will be
UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell said the investment in recruitment and retention packages will provide a mechanism to attract and retain qualified faculty in these essential fields in Alaska now and in the future.