SAINT JOHN (GNB) – The provincial government is supporting nursing education by contributing up to $350,000, matching the commitment from the Nurses Association of New Brunswick, to establish a PhD scholarship intended for nurses from New Brunswick.

“Our investment will help create further education opportunities for our nurses in New Brunswick,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “With about 80 per cent of nursing graduates in New Brunswick retained in province, our government is proud to partner with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick with this initiative to help celebrate its 100th anniversary.”

The provincial government’s investment, along with the association and other sponsors’ matching contributions, will establish an endowment fund to make two PhD scholarships available to registered nurses in New Brunswick each year.

“A first of its kind in New Brunswick, the PhD scholarships recognize the government and the association’s commitment to research and post-secondary education in the province”, said Brenda Kinney, president of the association. “An endowment fund is required to be self-sustained, granting the successful recipients $10,000 per year. This level of support and financial contribution demonstrates the vast impact nursing has on our patients, their families and communities in New Brunswick.”

The association is a professional regulatory organization that exists to protect the public and to support nurses by promoting and maintaining standards for nursing education and practice, and by promoting healthy public policy.

The association supports two fully-funded master’s level scholarships which are merit-based for nurses registered with the association.

Founded in 1962, the Canadian Nurses Foundation manages and administers the association’s existing scholarships and will manage the PhD endowment fund on their behalf.