Daemen Awarded over $500,000 from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Daemen Awarded over $500,000 from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Nurse Practitioner Scholarships 


Funding will Support Advanced Education of Diverse Students and Veterans


October 1, 2012



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472



A competitive grant of $561,360 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Daemen College Nursing Department will help to relieve the shortage of primary health care providers in the Western New York region.


The funding will increase the number of primary care providers by providing scholarships to nurses pursuing advanced training as primary care nurse practitioners (N.P.). 


The program will provide scholarships, stipends, and a book allowance to select part-time and full-time students pursuing M.S. and post-Master's Advanced Certificates in adult nurse practitioner programs.  


“Daemen College has a long-standing commitment to increasing the diversity of health care professionals, as well as preparing nurses to work in medically underserved areas throughout Western New York,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “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. It is an important goal, one which actively works to change lives.”    


"Daemen's Nursing Department is deeply committed to addressing the primary care shortage,” said Mary Lou Rusin, Ed.D., R.N., ANEF, and Chair of the Daemen Department of Nursing. “This grant will provide important financial support for professionals who wish to pursue advanced nursing education at Daemen and work in primary care.”


The Daemen Nursing program actively supports career training for diverse professionals, including individuals 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 wish to pursue 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 College also awards credit for examinations including College Level Examination Placement and Defense Activities Non-Traditional Education Support. 

For additional information on veterans’ programs and opportunities at Daemen College visit http://www.daemen.edu/admissions/veterans/Pages/default.aspx.

The Primary Care Provider Shortage


            Even before 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 the 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, according to The Healthcare Association of New York State Workforce Survey, 2011. 


Daemen College is active in securing funding in support for increasing opportunities for diverse health care provider trainees. In 1988, in response to primary care nurse shortages in surrounding rural areas, Daemen College began offering courses at sites in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Genesee Counties. Through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Daemen expanded offerings to Livingston, Orleans, Stueben, and Wyoming Counties.  


In 2006, in further support of these goals, Daemen entered into articulation agreements with Trocaire College and Niagara County Community College; this program has now expanded to include agreements with Erie and Genesee Community Colleges.  Additionally, in academic year 2010-11, nearly 90 percent of Daemen advanced nurse practitioner students engaged in clinical practicums in medically underserved areas.


In September, 2010, Daemen was awarded a grant of nearly $1.5 million from HRSA to provide traineeship support for advanced practice nursing students.  Daemen also receives nursing scholarship funding through private foundations, including the Health Foundation of Western & Central New York (over 90 percent of Daemen students receive financial aid). 


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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