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Christine Dardet, APR


FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Receives $10,000 Gift from Cross Country Healthcare

BOCA RATON , FL (August 12, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has received a $10,000 gift from Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.   The gift will contribute to the creation of a $100,000 or greater endowment fund for stipends for FAU nursing graduate students.  

Anne Boykin , R.N., Ph.D., dean of and professor at the College of Nursing, launched the fund to support and enable students to immerse themselves in a full-time graduate program.   Ultimately, these students will graduate sooner than if they had been on a part-time schedule.

Faculty shortages at nursing schools across the country are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for professional registered nurses continues to grow,” said Boykin.   “We are hopeful that the endowment recipients will want to become faculty, which will assist in alleviating a nursing faculty shortage.”

Nationwide, the lack of a qualified doctoral-prepared nursing faculty often leads to denial of admission for new nursing students.   According to an American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) report on 2004-2005 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing , U.S. nursing schools turned away 32,797 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2004 due to an insufficientnumber of faculty members, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors and budget constraints.   According to a July 2006 AACN report, a total of 637 faculty vacancies were identified at 329 nursing schools with baccalaureate and/or graduate programs across the country – most were faculty positions requiring a doctoral degree – reflecting a national nurse faculty vacancy rate of 7.9%.   Since Florida law mandates a ratio of 10 to 12 undergraduate students to one faculty member, universities must find ways to increase the number of faculty positions.  

“Our contribution to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is made in the name of Bonnie Custen, R.N.   We recently inducted Bonnie into Cross Country’s Nursing Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to our company and her profession during her 15-year career with us,” said Joseph A. Boshart, president and chief executive officer of Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.   “We could think of no better way to recognize Bonnie’s career example than to support the College of Nursing so that it may continue to educate and develop future nursing professionals who might practice their profession with the same passion and commitment that Bonnie has during her career.”

For more information about the endowment fund for stipends for graduate students or FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, contact Anne Boykin at 561-297-3206 or, or visit


About Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is committed to nurturing the wholeness of persons and environment through Caring.

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

About Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.

Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. is a leading provider of nurse and allied staffing services in the United States, a provider of clinical trials services to global pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers, as well as a provider of other human capital management services focused on healthcare. The Company has approximately 4,000 contracts with hospital, pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers, and other healthcare organizations.   Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about Cross Country Healthcare can be obtained online at   Shareholders and prospective investors can also register at the corporate website to automatically receive the Company's press releases, SEC filings and other notices by e-mail.

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