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Nurse Loan Repayment Program at HAMC

Posted on 1/30/2017

Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby is an approved site for the National Health Service Corps and the Health Service Nursing Corps. This program allows for the repayment of certain nursing related education loans for a commitment of service to the organization.
While the supply of nurses differs across geographic regions, there continues to be a need to address the nursing workforce distribution in critical shortage facilities across the United States. Many factors will continue to affect the demand for and supply of the nurse workforce. These include population growth, an aging population, overall economic conditions, aging of the nursing workforce, and demand for health services broadly and within specific health care settings, and health care reimbursement.

The purpose of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program is to assist in the recruitment and retention of professional registered nurses (RNs), including advanced practice RNs (APRNs), who are dedicated to working in eligible health care facilities with a critical shortage of nurses or eligible schools of nursing. The goal of the NURSE Corps LRP is to decrease the economic barriers associated with pursuing careers at Critical Shortage Facilities or in academic nursing.
Too many Americans, particularly in underserved areas, go without checkups, preventive screenings, vaccines, and other care, simply because there are not enough health care professionals to provide care and treatment in their communities. The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program enables nurses to fulfill their passion to care for underserved people in some of the neediest communities across the country.
Applicants accepted to the program could have 60% of their unpaid nursing education debt paid over two years, with an option to extend to a third year for an additional 25% of the original balance.
In exchange, nurses will work for a minimum of two years in one of the thousands of Critical Shortage Facilities across the country, including hospitals, clinics, and other facilities experiencing a critical shortage of nurses.

To be eligible for loan repayment, all applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, have received a bachelor or associate degree in nursing (or equivalent degree), a diploma in nursing, or graduate degree in nursing, be employed as a full-time RN or APRN working at least 32 hours per week at a public or private nonprofit or be employed as a full-time nurse faculty member at a public or private nonprofit or eligible school of nursing, have a current, full, permanent, unrestricted license to practice as a RN, or an APRN in the state in which they intend to practice. To see the full application and guidance program description, log onto: https://bhw.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bhw/guidance.pdf.
For further questions and how to apply call 1.800.221.9393.

Heart of America Medical Center is approved for up to 16 nurses in this program at any one time, currently there is one nurse enrolled. The nursing corps program is accepting applications until Feb. 23, 2017.

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