2010-11-24 / Business

Daemen awarded $1.4M grant for nursing program

Rusin Rusin Daemen College has been awarded a grant of $1,425,600 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide support for advanced practice nursing students.

The funding — from nearly $5 million in new federal dollars that are being made available through the stimulus — will help expand the nurse practitioner workforce in Western New York.

The Advanced Nursing Education Expansion grant is designed to increase the number of primary health care providers in the United States as part of the health care reform.

Daemen College will be enrolling the first ANEE grant recipients in January. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

“The ANEE grant provides our graduate nursing students with an exciting opportunity. Having the ability to attend school on a full-time basis will dramatically increase the number of adult nurse practitioners in Western New York,” said Mary Lou Rusin, chairperson of the college’s nursing department.

Daemen College President Martin J. Anisman said the grant will assist the school in enabling nursing professionals to meet challenges in a field that is constantly changed by technology.

“In an ever-changing, complex healthcare arena, the field of nursing is continually inspired to grow and move beyond its traditions,” Anisman said.

The federal funding will provide financial assistance to students enrolled in Daemen’s Adult Nurse Practitioner Master’s Degree Program.

The grant will also be used to provide stipends of $22,000 per year, per student, with a maximum of two years of stipend funding.

These students must also commit to attend school full-time for four consecutive semesters and also commit to work on a part-time basis during the academic semesters. The project period extends over five years.

For more information, contact the Daemen College Nursing Department at 839-8387 or visit www.daemen.edu/nursing.

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