Nurses are the backbone of Alabama’s long-term health care profession. Whether you say nursing home, skilled nursing facility or nursing and rehab center, the keyword is always nursing.

Nursing careers are among the most in-demand jobs in Alabama. Nurse practitioners, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses rank among the 40 most in-demand occupations.

“We noticed a need for more nurses, especially licensed practical nurses, a long time ago,” Alabama Nursing Home Association (ANHA) Board Chairman Frank Brown said. “Our member nursing and rehab centers are caring for people with increasing complex medical needs. The best way to meet those needs is with highly trained nurses.”

According to the Alabama Board of Nursing, nursing homes employee more than 4,700 licensed practical nurses and 2,600 registered nurses. The Alabama Department of Labor estimates the number of licensed practical nursing jobs will increase 23.4% in the coming decade, from 14,550 jobs in 2012 to 17,960 by 2022.

That increasing demand led the ANHA to create the only statewide scholarship program for licensed practical nursing students in 2008. The ANHA Education Foundation offers two $500 scholarships per semester at each of the 20 Alabama community colleges that offer the training. In only eight years, the program has awarded more than 740 scholarships totaling $370,000.

“We’ve always prided ourselves as being an organization that finds solutions, and this is a perfect example,” said Brown, who is also Chairman of the ANHA Education Foundation. “Our profession is by far the largest employer of licensed practical nurses. These scholarships are an investment in the state’s workforce and in the care of people living in our nursing homes.”

For the summer semester of 2016, 32 licensed practical nursing students at 16 community colleges are receiving a scholarship. Four of the recipients are currently work in the following skilled nursing care centers: Florence Nursing & Rehab Center, Glenwood Center, Regency Health Care & Rehab Center and Troy Health & Rehab.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must complete the first semester of the licensed practical nursing program, maintain a 2.5 GPA, be a resident of Alabama and take part in clinical training in a nursing home.

2016 Summer Semester Licensed Practical Nursing Scholarship Recipients are:

  • Alabama Southern Community College: Lucy Chatfield and Cecilia Davis
  • Calhoun Community College: Megan White and Zhaniqua Washington
  • Chattahoochee Valley Community College: Keeli Hinesley and Jamie Jones
  • Drake State Technical College: Michelle Horton and Halley Proctor
  • Faulkner State Community College: Payton Bishop and Natalie Charles
  • Gadsden State Community College: Haley Curvin and Erika Turner
  • Lawson State Community College: Valerie Nation and Destinee Wade
  • Lurleen B. Wallace Community College: Melissa Bland and Lyndsee Edwards
  • Northeast Alabama Community College: Lisa Ingle and Lakisha Thompson
  • Northwest Shoals Community College: Haleigh Bain and Britney Roberts
  • Reid State Technical College: Samantha Burch and Pamela Richardson
  • Shelton State Community College: Lauren Boles and Mariah Smith
  • Trenholm State Technical College: Adrienne Biggers and Ashley Perkins
  • Wallace Community College – Dothan: Kristen Fredeman and Danielle Stinson
  • Wallace Community College Selma: Vanisha Davis and Shayna Robinson
  • Wallace State Community College – Hanceville: Allyson Bennefield and Kayla Mauldin

About the ANHA Education Foundation:
The Alabama Nursing Home Association Education Foundation exists to educate the public about long-term care and promote the dedicated individuals who care for nursing home patients and residents. The foundation relies exclusively on the generous contributions of supporters. The foundation is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible.