Clayton State University’s School of Nursing (SoN) recently received a $750,409 advanced nursing education grant from the Division of Nursing within Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). The grant runs through 2014.
“This grant will support a significant increase in enrollment in the RN-MSN program and includes strategies, such as faculty-student mentoring to support student retention. Faculty and students will be paired based upon common practice and scholarship interests,” says Associate Professor and Project Director Dr. Jennell Charles.
The grant will create an accelerated program, allowing students to move through the RN-MSN program in just six semesters. There will also be strategies to increase service learning opportunities with emphasis on reducing health disparities.
Each year, the grant will support students with a nurse and a non-nurse faculty scholar providing students with face to face and web meetings. There will be an intentional effort to provide a focus on nursing education as well as leadership and management.
The first year faculty scholars are: Dr. Jo Ann Dalton, professor emeritus at Emory University School of Nursing; and Dr. Robert Thomas, professor of Leadership at the Georgia Institute of Technology/College of Management, Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
This is the first Advanced Nursing Education grant (awarded by Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS) for the SoN at Clayton State that supports graduate education. Clayton State’s SoN has received many federal grants in support of undergraduate nursing education over the years.