Auburn nursing programs to hold “Mulligans for Masters” charity golf tournament June 17

MONTGOMERY – The dean of the Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery Schools of Nursing will host a charity golf tournament, “Mulligans for Masters,” on June 17 at Moore’s Mill Club in Auburn to raise support for the schools’ Master of Science in Nursing Program.

“We wanted to have an event that was fun and that also promoted healthy living,” said Gregg Newschwander, dean of nursing at Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery. “Since golf is a popular, lifelong sport, a golf tournament made sense. Supporters of all ages can come out, have a good time, and help us build the graduate program in the Schools of Nursing.”

“Mulligans for Masters” is a new event organized to support the Master of Science in Nursing program. Check-in begins at 7 a.m., with a putting green and practice tee available for participants to warm up. The shotgun start will take place at 8 a.m. Registration for individuals is $150, which includes cart and greens fees, lunch and a golf shirt. Sponsorships and group rates are also available.

The Master of Science in Nursing program offered jointly by Auburn University and Auburn University Montgomery targets this problem by training nurse educators and nurse practitioners, both of which are needed to grow the nursing workforce. With a combination of online and classroom learning, the Master of Science in Nursing program gives students the flexibility and training to take their career to the next level, whether they want to improve patient care, move into a leadership position in their workplace or begin teaching.

The nation is facing a nursing shortage that is only expected to worsen as baby boomers age and require more health care. Yet, despite the demand for new nurses in a shrinking economy with limited career options, enrollment remains low at nursing schools across the United States.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, U.S. nursing programs turned away more than 67,000 qualified applicants from nursing programs in 2010 – with nearly two-thirds of nursing schools pointing to faculty shortages as a reason for not accepting all qualified applicants.

For more information about the tournament, contact Shelley Grider at (334) 844-6753 or gridesw@auburn.edu.

Contact: Shelley Grider (334) 844-6753 (gridesw@auburn.edu), or
M ike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)