Cincinnati and Wichita Falls, Texas (PRWEB) June 13, 2005 -
Global Scholarship Alliance (GSA) today welcomed five foreign nurse-scholars into its innovative cultural exchange program in partnership with Midwestern State University (MSU) and United Regional Health Care System (URHCS) in Wichita Falls, Texas. The program is designed to help improve the global nursing shortage by producing the next generation of nurse leaders and educators through higher education and world-class academic training at American universities and hospitals. Of the five nurse-scholars from India, three will pursue Masters of Nursing (MSN) degrees and two will achieve bachelorÂs degrees (BSN) at MSU while also working part-time at URHCS.
ÂThese nurse scholars represent some of the best nurses in India who are determined to not only improve themselves academically and professionally, but also to improve healthcare for their home country,Â said Susan Sportsman, dean of the College of Health Sciences & Human Services at MSU. ÂGSA offers a unique program that allows us to expand our nursing programs beyond traditional boundaries and create a unique and diverse learning environment. We look forward to their contributions in our classrooms, at our partner hospital, and back in India.Â
Participants in GSAÂs program at MSU receive full MSN and BSN scholarships to the John and Nevils Wilson School of Nursing and are eligible to work part-time at URHCS during the period of study. Upon completion of the program, the nurse-scholars must return to India for at least two years, where they will lead the next generation of nurses as clinical instructors, nurse leaders or hospital administrators.
ÂWe have always had a strong relationship with MSU and the universityÂs Wilson School of Nursing,Â added Pam Bradshaw, chief nursing officer at URHCS. ÂThis program allows us to expand our relationship while continuing to provide quality healthcare to our patients during a time when the number of trained U.S. nurses is shrinking rapidly. We recognize the global nursing shortage, and are pleased to participate in a program that helps to give nurses from all countries the opportunity to expand their learning and gain valuable on-the-job training that they can use to improve healthcare abroad.Â
The Global Scholarship Alliance selection process ensures only first-rate nurses are accepted into the program. GSA carefully evaluates educational transcripts, licensing board scores, work histories, clinical experiences, references, and background checks. In addition, prospective nurse-scholars are required to have the following:
Â Registered nursing license from their home country,
Â Two or more years of hospital experience, and
Â Must pass the U.S. nursing exam and a language proficiency exam.
If nurse-scholars meet the challenging criteria, they are then personally selected by representatives from the universities and hospitals through face-to-face interviews in the nurseÂs home country.
ÂIndiaÂs most talented nurses have been leaving for higher pay in developed countries for many, many years,Â explained Reene John, lecturer at TMM College of Nursing in Tiruvalla Kerala, India and former nursing administrator at Kochi KeralaÂs Gautham Hospital. ÂThis trend is having a monumentally negative impact on the quality of nursing education and healthcare in India. The innovative program offered by Global Scholarship Alliance will provide the opportunity these nurses are looking for, while also returning them to India at the programÂs completion with greatly enhanced technical skills and education. They will contribute to the nursing programs and healthcare system here in India as faculty, nurse leaders or hospital administrators. IÂm proud to be a part of GSAÂs effort to improve nursing globally.Â
GSAÂs program also helps U.S. hospitals achieve their goals of maintaining safe nurse-patient ratios, increasing staff diversity and continuity of care, and reducing dependency on staffing agency nurses. The hospitals achieve these objectives within nursing union guidelines and without displacing positions that would otherwise go to American nurses.
ÂThe GSA program is one of a kind, and we continue to identify universities and hospitals that recognize the benefits of working with international nurses to not only improve the nursing shortage in the United States, but also to help eliminate the worldwide crisis,Â commented J. William DeVille, chief executive officer at Global Scholarship Alliance. ÂOur goal at GSA is to continue to find qualified nurses that have a vision for better healthcare at home and match them up with U.S. universities and hospitals that share a similar vision of improving patient care worldwide.Â
About Global Scholarship Alliance:
Global Scholarship Alliance partners with leading U.S. universities and healthcare organizations in an effort to enrich nursing globally by providing scholarships and professional development for future nurse leaders and educators, building alliances between leading U.S. universities and hospitals, and fostering the equitable distribution of nurses throughout the world. The company facilitates cultural exchange programs and provides scholarships to foreign nurses who seek professional development through the combination of a U.S. Masters of Science in Nursing degree and academic training in a U.S. hospital. U.S. universities and hospitals benefit from a long-term solution to declining enrollment and the global nursing shortage; and through the requirements of the program, Masters-degreed and U.S. hospital trained nurse-scholars return to contribute to the education and training of future nurses in their home countries. The company currently provides scholarships to nurses from a variety of countries including the Philippines, India, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Global Scholarship Alliance has alliance partnerships in Kansas, Ohio, New York, Minnesota, and Texas. More information is available at http://www.GlobalScholarship.net or by contacting Steve Albert at 513-665-4544.