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By Gina Margillo
Communication Manager, Barry University
January 19, 2023, Miami, Florida – Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced that Barry University will receive funding from Florida’s Linking Industry to Nursing Education (LINE) Fund to train nursing students. The $949,000 award will help the School of Nursing educate additional frontline nurses, recruit nursing faculty, and equip classrooms and simulation labs with more learning technology.
More than a third of nurses have said they are likely to leave the field by the end of 2022 and 70% of hospitals in Florida can expect to experience a critical staffing shortage, according to the Florida Hospital Association. Barry University responded to the critical shortage of nurses by launching the School of Nursing, formed from the foundation of the former College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Nursing Program, which was originally created in 1953.
“The LINE funding will further enhance Barry’s abilities to overcome the many barriers to training a more diverse nursing workforce in service of Floridians,” said Tony Umadhay, Dean of the School of Nursing.
Barry University’s award is part of the $79 million invested by the state to boost high-performing nursing education programs in Florida by funding public post-secondary nursing programs that have gone above and beyond to train Floridians. It provides matching funds for scholarship awards, faculty recruitment, equipment, and additional educational support.
“I am grateful for the support from our Legislature and Governor as we continue our efforts toward advancing Barry University’s commitment to workforce education,” said John McFadden, Ph.D. CRNA, Vice Provost of Health and Wellness. “This award affirms the value of collaboration between our universities, our practice partners, and our state to help fill a critical shortage of nurses.”
Baptist Health South Florida and Memorial Healthcare System are providing Barry University nursing students with tuition support and on-site, hands-on learning experiences at their hospitals. Barry University is working with other regional health care providers to develop a similar scholarship training pathway.