Stevenson University receives $347K grant to boost number of nursing graduates 33 percent

Stevenson University is proud to announce it has been selected to receive a $347,000 grant to boost the number of transfer students entering its undergraduate nursing program. The two-year Who Will Care? grant for nurse education will allow the University to enroll 24 new transfer students in fall 2009 and increase its number of nursing graduates 33 percent by May 2011. A portion of the grant will be used to expand Stevenson’s Nursing Skills Laboratory with five additional beds.

“Stevenson is very honored to receive this grant and play a role in addressing this pressing workforce need,” said Judith Feustle, Sc.D., RN, Associate Dean of Nursing Education at Stevenson University. “The grant allows us to accelerate the implementation of a curriculum plan that better serves transfer students and helps to open up the pipeline for nursing students who start at the state’s community colleges.”

In recent years, Stevenson has also worked to increase students in its RN-to-BS nursing program by offering online and distance-learning courses, and formalizing transfer agreements with eight community colleges across the state. Working nurses can more easily enhance their skills and competencies in this accelerated program format.

“The looming nursing shortage threatens Maryland’s quality of life and position as a healthcare leader,” Feustle said. “It is absolutely critical that we act now to attract more students to the field of nursing and prepare the next generation of skilled professionals.”

The Who Will Care? grant program is administered by the Maryland Hospital Association which joined the state’s hospitals and nursing education leaders in November 2007 in pledging to double the number of nurses currently educated in Maryland. Donors to the Who Will Care? program have pledged $15.5 million over five years to help solve Maryland’s long-term nursing crisis. The first grants—awarded this June to 17 Maryland schools of nursing—will increase the number of nurses graduating statewide by 300 students and add 20 faculty positions.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 3,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

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