President's Report Masthead
December 31, 2012

Decker’s major grant to fund graduate students

The Decker School of Nursing has received a two-year, $757,000 traineeship grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide financial support for graduate students. The purpose of the grants, according to HRSA, is to “increase the number of advanced education nurses trained to practice as primary care providers and/or nursing faculty to address the nursing shortage that inhibits nursing schools form educating the number of nurses needed to meet demand.”

“We received every penny we asked for,” Dean Joyce Ferrario said. “The funds, from HRSA’s Division of Nursing, are being used for our nurse practitioner students for all of our specialties because they consider psych mental health primary care as well.”

Funded students receive a stipend and tuition waiver, said Ferrario. “The Graduate School also provided a match of $25,000 in tuition, and actually, when the semester started, the grant hadn’t come in and we had students with no funding, so the Graduate School also fronted us funds to get them started until the grant came in.”