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Major grant boosts PSU advanced nursing program

November 01, 2012 12:00AM

The Pittsburg State University Department of Nursing announced recently that it has received a federal Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant, in the sum of $325,000. The grant will be used to prepare nurses to become Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners (APRNs). It is renewable for another $325,000 for the 2013-2014 school year, which would bring the total to $650,000.

The grant, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, is designed to increase the number of advanced education nurses who are trained to practice as primary care providers. It also aims to reduce a national shortage of nursing faculty, which prevents nursing schools from educating the number of nurses needed to meet demand.

Mary Carol Pomatto, chairperson of PSU’s Department of Nursing, said the grant helps PSU produce needed health care professionals for typically underserved rural communities and also plays a role in the university’s growth.

"It is important to take any opportunity the university has to access federal funds to support a program as effective as this one,” Pomatto said. “As advanced practitioners, these nurses are a critical component in our community health care systems. As students at Pittsburg State University, they are also an important part of the university’s growth strategy and have a significant economic impact on our community."

The grant, written by Cheryl Giefer, a member of the Nursing Department faculty, and Brian Peery, PSU’s grants coordinator, will be used for tuition and books as well as stipends for living expenses.

For more information about PSU Nursing programs, contact the department at, 620-235-4431.

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