Daemen Awarded $280,000 from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Funding Completes $560,000 Competitive Award for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships


July 9, 2013 



Contact:  Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472



           In continuing a commitment to address the shortage of primary care providers in Western New York’s medically underserved areas, Daemen College has received $280,680 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


           The award to the College’s Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program represents the second year of a competitive grant of $561,360 to the Daemen College Nursing Department. 


           The AENT program provides traineeships to nurses seeking advanced degrees as primary care nurse practitioners. The HHS funding will work to increase the number of primary care providers by providing scholarships to nurses pursuing advanced training as primary care nurse practitioners (N.P.).  


           “A key focal point of our philosophy is to reach and treat the many individuals and families who may have little or no insurance, or who may lack care entirely,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. 


           “Our graduates will substantially benefit rural communities and other medically underserved populations.”  


           The funding will provide often critical financial support for professionals seeking to pursue advanced nursing education at Daemen and work in primary care. The Daemen Nursing Program actively supports career training for diverse professionals, including those from underrepresented minority and ethnic groups, economically disadvantaged circumstances, and first-generation backgrounds.  


           The Daemen Nursing Program is also particularly focused on providing aid to veterans who are pursuing advanced nursing education. The College provides aid and assistance to veterans seeking a degree through the Daemen Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services.  


The Primary Care Provider Shortage


           Even before the arrival of health care reform the Association of American Medical Colleges estimated a nationwide shortage of primary care practitioners, with up to 45,000 additional practitioners needed by 2020 to keep up with demand. Advanced practice nurse practitioners deliver primary health care without the direct supervision of a physician, including prescribing or renewing prescriptions for most drugs, ordering blood tests, performing routine medical examinations, monitoring chronic conditions, counseling patients about prevention, and treating colds, sore throats, and flu.


           In the Western New York/Rochester area, only 21.3 percent of nurses have attained a bachelor of science in nursing and only 1.9 percent have attained a master of science in nursing (Healthcare Association of New York State Workforce Survey, 2011). 


           Daemen College is active in securing funding in support of increasing opportunities for diverse health care provider trainees. In response to primary care nurse shortages in surrounding rural areas, Daemen offers courses at sites in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Genesee Counties as well as expanded educational opportunities to Livingston, Orleans, Stueben, and Wyoming Counties. 


           For additional information on veterans’ programs and opportunities at Daemen College visit



           For more information on Daemen's graduate-level nursing programs,

visit: http://www.daemen.edu/academics/divisionofhealthhumanservices/Nursing/Pages/default.aspx 


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