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SHSU Awarded $200k For Nursing Program

Nov. 2, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Natasha Rider

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is awarding $202,000 to Sam Houston State University’s nursing program to work toward meeting the state’s growing demand for nursing professionals.

The coordinating board establishes several criteria for funding eligibility for the Nursing Shortage Reduction Program each year. Sam Houston’s nursing program qualifies because of the high percentage of nursing graduates. The school also began offering an RN-to-BSN program and an LVN-to-BSN program to help meet the nursing shortage demands. 

“As our program continues to grow, the award allows us to continue to hire adjunct clinical faculty and support staff so that we can meet the educational needs of our many students,” said Anne Stiles, director of the School of Nursing. 

The Texas Legislature allocated approximately $5 million to the Nursing Shortage Reduction Program for the 2016 fiscal year. Funds awarded through the program must be used for faculty enhancement, student recruitment and the identification, development and implementation of curriculum innovations. 

Sam Houston State University’s nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and received “Full Approval” status by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Beyond the classroom, SHSU’s nursing program has more than 75 partnerships, which offer students clinical experiences from pediatrics to psychiatry in urban and rural settings. Nursing students work with clinics, prisons, social agencies, home health care, hospice, the public schools and community programs. The school also offers study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica and Thailand.

For more information about Sam Houston State University’s School of Nursing, visit

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