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Grant provides education for nurses headed to "underserved" areas

June 01, 2009 12:00AM

A federal grant that will provide scholarships to graduate nursing students has been secured once again by Pittsburg State University's Department of Nursing.

The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship, a grant that has for the past 10 years provided a means for graduate nursing students to cover the cost of their tuition, was awarded once again to the school in May. The grant amount for the 2009-10 academic year is $35,520.

"It's a competitive grant," said Cheryl Giefer, a nursing professor who applies for the grant each year. "It depends on our minority numbers and the placement of our graduates in health professional shortage areas."

According to Giefer, the needs-based grant takes into consideration minority populations, and is designed to assist students who will work in underserved regions, such as rural areas. Nearly 100 percent of PSU nursing students who apply for work in areas that are considered "underserved" are successful at finding jobs.

The grant will be divided evenly between approximately 20 graduate students. It often pays for most of their tuition, said Giefer.

For more information, contact the Department of Nursing at 620-235-4431.

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