Healthcare professionals are in demand around the state, and the New Jersey Hospital Association and New Jersey Business magazine are collaborating to assist the Garden State’s healthcare system in preparing for even larger demands.
Since 1983, the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey (HRET), an affiliate of NJHA, has given scholarships to New Jersey residents enrolled in accredited health career programs, such as nursing, allied health fields and healthcare administration.
For a second year, New Jersey Business has partnered with NJHA to support these aspiring healthcare professionals by donating a portion of the advertising proceeds from this special section to the scholarship program. The HRET scholarship started as a small event to assist healthcare administration students, but it has developed into a larger way to help New Jersey students pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in healthcare fields.
“For both families and employers, high-quality healthcare that is both affordable and accessible is a top priority,” said NJHA President and CEO Betsy Ryan. “And you can’t have that quality healthcare system without an adequate and well-educated workforce.”
A well-educated healthcare workforce has never been in more demand; New Jersey is anticipated to need an additional 21,000 nurses by 2025, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. With growing numbers of people reaching retirement age, therapists, physician assistants, home healthcare aides and pharmacists will also be in higher demand.
“We’re very grateful to New Jersey Business for continuing their support of the next generation of New Jersey’s healthcare professionals,” Ryan added, noting that two aspiring healthcare professionals benefited from the 2015 scholarship program.
To qualify for the scholarship, applications must:
The application deadline for the 2016 scholarship is June 1. Visit www.njha.com/education/scholarships for more information.