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UT Arlington adds master's program to address nursing faculty shortage

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan March

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing has announced the addition of a Master of Science in Nursing Education program to not only answer the escalating nursing shortage in Texas and across the nation, but to also address a shortage of nursing faculty.

This program prepares nurses to practice as nurse educators in schools of nursing and health care delivery systems. Emphasis is on the knowledge and skills needed to develop curricula, teaching skills and evaluation strategies. Graduates will be eligible to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Examination following two or more years of full-time employment in academic faculty roles.

Dr. Wendy J. Barr has been named director of this new program. On the UT Arlington Nursing faculty since 1986, she received her BSN in Nursing from Loyola University, Chicago, an MS in Nursing from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a doctorate in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. Barr was honored by Loyola University of Chicago as a Distinguished Alumna in 2005 and was named a Great 100 Nurse of the Metroplex in 2002. She is currently an associate professor in nursing and co-director of the Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health.

UT Arlington’s School of Nursing is one of the 20 largest schools of nursing in the United States. With more than 1,200 students and 110 faculty members, it is committed to educating nurses who effectively and quickly integrate into the health care environment and are life-long learners and leaders.

Contact Barr at barr@uta.edu or visit the Web site www.uta.edu/nursing for more information on this program and admission requirements.

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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

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