School of Nursing Receives Three Major Grants in One Week

| August 4, 2009

Xavier University’s School of Nursing has been selected by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) to receive two grants totaling almost $400,000 through the Nurse Education Grant Program. These were the second and third major grants received by Xavier’s School of Nursing last week.

One grant will enable the School of Nursing to increase its capacity to prepare pre-licensure nursing students, including traditional undergraduates and students in the MIDAS program, which awards MSN degrees to students with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines. This grant will help Xavier address the dramatic growth in its nursing programs. To date, ninety-seven freshmen are entering the pre-licensure BSN program this fall, an increase of more than 40% from 2008. Thirty-one students to date are entering the MIDAS program this fall, which is 55% higher than the target enrollment of 20 students.

To address this increased enrollment, the pre-licensure OBN grant will create additional practicum sites through partnerships with two hospitals (TriHealth and Shriners Hospital for Children) and a nursing home (Victoria Retirement Community). These sites will prepare students for working with patients across the lifespan.

The second grant increases Xavier’s enrollment capacity to prepare graduate level nurses to serve as nurse educators. To direct more nurses into faculty careers, Xavier’s project will partner with Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science and the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health to create a pipeline of on-going education from an Associate Degree program, to Xavier’s Master’s program, to a Doctoral program.

Both grants provide funding for Xavier’s School of Nursing to enhance its state-of-the-art simulation laboratory. An infant simulator and adult simulator will be purchased, adding to the adult and child simulators currently used in the laboratory. This enhancement will enable Xavier students to have more opportunity to learn a variety of skills through high fidelity simulation, which will better prepare them to function as nurses in complex health care systems. The nursing education students will have extensive opportunities to teach using simulation in practicum courses for associate degree, BSN and MSN students.

“The School of Nursing carefully combines a rigorous preparation for a nursing career with a sensitivity to the Jesuit mission of Xavier University and its emphasis on cura personalis (care for the whole person),” said Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “To advance the mission of the School of Nursing is a way of advancing the larger mission of the University itself.”

For more information about nursing programs at Xavier, please visit http://www.xavier.edu/nursing/ or call Marilyn Gomez, Director of Nursing Student Services, at 513-745-4392 or toll-free at 800 344-4698, ext. 4392.

Xavier’s Department of Nursing became the School of Nursing on March 2, 2009, an historic move that reflects the increased reach and stature of Xavier’s nursing program.