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Christine Dardet, APR
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Christine E. Lynn Gives $600,000 to Create Faculty Enhancement Fund

Generous Gift to Help Reward, Retain Faculty at FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

BOCA RATON, FL (March 9, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has received a $600,000 gift from the College’s lead benefactor Christine E. Lynn to create a faculty enhancement fund.   The fund will provide opportunities to recognize faculty who consistently go above and beyond in supporting the mission and goals of the College.   The first awards will be announced in fall 2009.

 “The faculty who will be recognized are altruistic and live the philosophy of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in unique ways,” said Anne Boykin, R.N., Ph.D., dean of and professor at the College of Nursing.   “Thanks to this gift, faculty will know their efforts are appreciated.   At the same time, the fund will serve as a retention tool.”

Faculty shortages at nursing schools across the country are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for nurses continues to grow.   Budget constraints, an aging faculty and increasing job competition from clinical sites have contributed to the shortage.

The Florida Center for Nursing, for example, estimates there was a shortage of 11,000 full-time equivalent R.N. positions in Florida in 2007.  If no additional efforts are aimed at resolving the shortage, this number is predicted to grow to 18,419 by 2010 and 52, 209 by 2020. 

“Having been a nurse for many years, nursing is a profession that is very important to me. Without nurses, physicians and patients would not receive the support and care so critical to their well-being,” said Christine E. Lynn.   “State university budget cuts threaten faculty salaries and research projects.   As a community, we must find ways support the College of Nursing faculty in their continual quest to offer best-in-class nurse education.”

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing teaching and research philosophy focuses on the concept of Caring in nursing:  advancing the science, studying its meaning, practicing the art, and living it day-to-day.    Its state-of-the-art facility on FAU’s Boca Raton campus equips students and faculty to address present, emerging and future healthcare needs with passion and compassion.

For more information about giving to FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, contact Anne Boykin at 561-297-3206 or boykina@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/nursing.

-FAU-

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 serves 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 10 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 Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

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