Daemen Receives $680,000 Grant to Provide Advanced Education for Primary Care Nurses

July 18, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College has been awarded a two-year $681,600 grant from the federal Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to offer primary care training to nurses in an effort to address a shortage of qualified providers in medically underserved areas.

The grant will fund Daemen’s Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships, for which the college has received more than $3 million in HRSA grants. With this grant, 45 students will receive advanced training and graduate with an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner master’s degree. It will also provide nurses much-needed scholarship support to help encourage working professionals to seek advanced career training in primary care.

In addition, the grant will provide clinical placements for students in designated Medically Underserved Areas or Health Professional Shortage Areas. The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program is also focused on training veterans and having a minimum 60 percent participation from students with minority or disadvantaged backgrounds.

 “This generous grant reflects a standard of excellence that Daemen and its nursing program are committed to and known for throughout the region,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “It will allow our nursing program to serve in areas where there is a shortage of primary care providers, and prepare advanced practitioners who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to engage in graduate study.”

Dr. Mary Lou Rusin, chair of the Daemen Nursing Department, emphasized that “we remain deeply committed to addressing the primary care shortage. This HRSA grant will provide vital financial support for professionals who wish to pursue advanced nursing education at Daemen and work in primary care.”

The program offers traineeships to nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees as primary care nurse practitioners.  Beyond this, the program aligns with Healthy People 2020, a national initiative focused on improving the health of Americans, which includes increasing the number of primary care providers to improve access to health care services.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an aging population will contribute to a projected shortage of more than 20,000 primary care providers by the year 2020.

“This grant will help Daemen make a significant contribution to increasing the number of primary care providers available in our communities by training students who will serve largely in medically underserved and rural areas,” said Dr. Ronald Schenk, divisional dean of health and human services at Daemen. 

For additional information on the Daemen Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program, call 839-8387 or email mrusin@daemen.edu.

Interested students may also learn about the program and other nursing degree options at an open house being held at 7 p.m. July 23 in Daemen’s Research Information Commons.

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