Nursing Department

In July 2014, Daemen College's Nursing Department was awarded a competitive two-year grant of $681,600 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.  This follows a competitive two-year grant, awarded in September 2012, of $561,360.  

In Spring 2014, Daemen was selected, out of 70 applicants, as one of three organizations in New York State to be awarded $50,000 from The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council for its Inclusive Fitness Field-Initiated Ideas Grant competition.  Dr. Diane Ryan, Associate Professor Nursing, and Dr. Theresa Kolodziej, Director of Clinical Education, Physical Therapy, are co-investigators on the grant.  The project, titled "Get Movin'-Exercise, Nutrition, and Wellness: A Fitness Initiative for Individuals with Disabilities," will commence in September.  Partnering on the initiative is the Young Adult Life Transitions Program that is housed on the Daemen campus.

In July 2013, Daemen College was selected by The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC) for an award of $39,970 for a program entitled, "Education Registered Nurses to Care for Medically Fragile Individuals with Developmental Disabilities."  Dr. Catherine Mann, Associate Professor of Nursing, developed the proposal and is serving as principal investigator.  

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).  Dr. 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.  These grants have been renewed for $40,250 per award.

In August of 2012, Daemen was awarded $10,000 from The Health Foundation for Western & Central 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 September, 2010, Daemen College was awarded a grant of $1,425,600 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. 

In November of 2009, The Nursing Department received $18,000 in grant funding from The Health Foundation for 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.


Dr. Mary Lou Rusin, Professor, Nursing Department Chair


Daemen College Nursing Department

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"I think one of the most crucial aspects of the Daemen curriculum is the required internship. I was an accounting intern for both a private health care company and a certified public accounting firm. I was able to apply lessons learned in the classroom to real business situations. When my internships were over, each company offered me a full-time position."