Aged care nurses looking to further their careers have a great opportunity to access federal government funding.

The annual scholarship schemes for aged care nurses and community aged care nurses undergoing postgraduate studies, are now open.

The study support payments are provided by the Australian Government and administered by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA).

Valued at up to $15,000 each, the scholarships are designed to address the current workforce shortage throughout the sector.

The money can be used to assist nurses furthering their studies or pursuing professional development opportunities relevant to their field.

And for the first time, enrolled nurses and registered nurses studying for Masters degrees are eligible to receive funding under the schemes.

“Australia has an ageing population and a shortage in the aged care nursing workforce,” said the CEO of the RCNA, Debra Cerasa.

“We all need to be doing whatever we can to support the nursing profession.”

Ms Cerasa said all Australians will require, or know someone who requires, the expertise of an aged care nurse at some stage in their lives.

“Obviously, we will all want the best care possible from the most qualified nurses available, and so these scholarships are a fabulous initiative to assist these nurses in continuing to build their careers,” she said.

Applications for scholarships close on Friday, 17 April. For more information, contact the RCNA on 1800 116 696 or by email: scholarships@rcna.org.au.

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