The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Neumann University a $960,411 grant to provide support for underrepresented students in undergraduate nursing programs. The grant is spread over three years (2012-13 through 2014-15) and provides programs to support student academic success in a rigorous nursing program.
The funding will assist the nursing programs at Neumann University, Immaculata University and Gwynedd Mercy College with Neumann’s Mary Powell, PhD, serving as project director. These institutions share a mission to promote social justice, Powell explains, and increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce is one way to accomplish this mission.
The project, entitled C-RESULTS (Coalition for Resourceful Engagement of Students with Useful Learning and Teaching Strategies) will assist underrepresented nursing students in several ways. A pre-entry program, before acceptance into the nursing major, includes coaching in language proficiency, communication skills, time management and small group work. Retention strategies emphasize academic support, including study skills, test-taking strategies, and academic advisement. Faculty development activities encompass educational consultation about cultural diversity and creating an optimal learning environment. In addition, stipends will be available for students to help mitigate their expenses throughout the nursing program.
The goal of the project is to help a total of 60 students achieve academic success and practice professional nursing. Those who complete the process will be invited to serve as peer mentors for future project participants.
According to Powell, “The project is a vital step in building a diverse nursing workforce capacity to meet the needs of this nation’s rapidly growing culturally and ethnically diverse population.” The grant is similar to one that Powell directed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital from 2007-2010.
The federal grant is #D19HP24301. Approved funding levels are $276,007 for the first year, $406,346 for the second year, and $278,058 for the third year.
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