Nursing Department

In September of 2012, Daemen College's Nursing Department was awarded a competitive two-year grant of $561,360 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships. The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of primary care providers by providing scholarships to nurses who are pursuing advanced training as primary care nurse practitioners (NP).  Dr. Mary Lou Rusin, Chair, Nursing is the Project Director.

In August 2012, Daemen College was among four institutions in New York State selected to be selected for funding from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC) to pilot the Partners in Health for People with Disabilities Curriculum in its health profession programs.  Daemen is the only organization to be receiving two distinct awards - $50,250 to train nurses, and an additional $50,250 to train physician assistants (PAs).  Catherine Mann, Associate Professor of Nursing and Lisa Ball, Assistant Professor of Nursing developed the proposals and are serving as co-investigators for the two projects. 

In August of 2012, Daemen was awarded $10,000 from the Health Foundation of Western New York.  This grant will support enhancing nursing advance care planning and geriatric care rotation development.  Daemen Assistant Professor of Nursing Diane Ryan, Assistant Professor of Nursing Virginia Hart, and Daemen Professor of Nursing and Department Chair Dr. Mary Lou Rusin developed the application.  Dr. Ryan received a renewal award of $20,000.

In July of 2011, Daemen was awarded $34,401 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships. This is the 13th year that Daemen has received this grant. Funds are used toward scholarships for students in Daemen's graduate nursing programs.

In September, 2010, Daemen College was awarded a grant of $1,425,600.00 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to provide support for advanced practice nursing students. This funding is helping to expand the nurse practitioner workforce in Western New York. Only two institutions in New York State were among the 26 recipients nationwide. Read more.

In November of 2009, The Nursing Department received $18,000 in grant funding from The Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. The three-year grant will enable the Daemen Nursing Program to provide scholarships to two students in their final year of the Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Program, with the goal of encouraging emphasis in geriatric care.  This grant was renewed for an additional three years.


Mary Lou Rusin, Professor, Nursing Department Chair


Daemen College Nursing Department

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