Mary Pat Ulicny, MS, MHA, RN, CNE, clinical instructor and clinical simulation lab director for the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s BSN program at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., has been selected to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nurse Faculty Loan Program. The program’s purpose is to address the nursing workforce shortage by increasing the number of qualified nursing faculty in the classroom, according to a news release.
NFLP provides funding to schools of nursing to support the establishment and operation of its loan fund. Participating schools make loans available from the fund to assist RNs with enrolling in an advanced education nursing program in preparation for a nursing faculty role, according to the release.
Loan recipients may receive partial loan forgiveness if they finish their program and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. Up to 85% of the loan may be canceled over four years in return for serving as full-time faculty at any accredited school of nursing, according to the release.
“The NFLP award recognizes the importance of preparing nursing faculty members for the future. With the access to such loans, nurses working toward a doctoral degree can have a wider range of program opportunities,” Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, assistant professor and chairwoman for the UMSON’s program at USG,” said in the release. “Mary Pat sought a program that offered a strong foundation in simulation methodology. Her connections with leaders in the simulation field will bring added depth and insights to clinical simulation methodologies. We look forward to learning from Mary Pat as she continues her educational journey.”
Funds will be paid annually to the student’s institution as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing. The loan is for a maximum of five years. Ulicny has been approved for $14,124, for 12 credits, and will be taking PhD courses at Duquesne University School of Nursing in Pittsburgh.
“The NFLP award will definitely alleviate the financial burden of tuition and fees for my PhD program. This award will help me to reach my goals as a nursing researcher, educator and leader in the area of simulation,” Ulicny said in the release. “I am hoping that my research can add to my current body of knowledge by providing theoretical foundational approaches that link simulation practices to the improvement of patient safety and outcomes.”