The first annual Doctoral Symposium was held at Mercer University on November 1st, 2014 sponsored by the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition. There were 124 attendees including 32 faculty, 46 PhD/DNS/EdD students,19 DNP students and several MSN students interested in pursuing doctoral education. The program included a total of 15 speakers and prizes were awarded for poster presentations Top prizes went to:
1st place: Nancy McCabe - Emory University, 2nd Place: Angela Jenkins - Georgia College and State University and 3rd Place: Jenna Shakleford - Georgia State University. The University of West Georgia would like to host next years conference.
Georgia is experiencing tremendous growth in students earning their bachelors in nursing within its community college system and is proud of the strides it is making within its education system. To help overcome the challenge, the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition is evaluating strategies to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nursing students while also increasing the number of doctorally-prepared nurses ready to teach future students. This two-pronged approach is essential to ensuring that schools of nursing are able to meet the demand for qualified nursing students seeking a baccalaureate education. The Georgia Board of Regent’s has also set aside over $2.5 million dollars to assist those working to increase the numbers of nurses with advanced degrees at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels