February 17, 2011 | | Leave a comment The Georgia Southern University School of Nursing recently announced that it was awarded nearly $800,000 in grants, which are intended to help address the nationwide shortage of nursing faculty, reports the school's website. Officials told on the website that the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the college with a three-year grant for $792,000 to improve the school's online doctor of nursing practice (DNP). They noted that less than 1 percent of nurses in the U.S. hold a doctoral degree,) which they need in order become faculty members in university settings. "This grant will enable us to focus on expanding the number of nursing faculty members which is critical to helping address the shortage of trained nurses," Officials said that the program will help prepare advanced practice nurses in the DNP program with additional course work in healthcare-related curricula. They added that state ranks seventh-worst in overall health indicators such as poverty, infectious disease, obesity, and diabetes, among others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing instructors and teachers can earn average annual salaries of $61,360. Furthermore, the top 10 percent can earn close to a six-figure income.