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The School of Nursing wins two grants totaling nearly $400,000 from the Ohio Board of Nursing

The grants help the University increase the number of nursing students it prepares for bachelor's and master's degrees

08/11/09

Xavier University’s School of Nursing has been selected by the Ohio Board of Nursing to receive two grants totaling almost $400,000 through the Nurse Education Grant Program. These grants follow the school's award of a $1.5 million federal grant that is the largest in the history of the University.
 
One of the state grants enables 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 Master of Science in Nursing degrees to students with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines. This grant helps Xavier address the dramatic growth in its nursing programs. To date, 97 freshmen are entering the pre-licensure bachelor's program this fall, an increase of almost 50 percent from 2008. Another 31 students to date are entering the MIDAS program this fall, which is 75 percent higher than the target enrollment of 20 students.
 
To address this increased enrollment, the pre-licensure Ohio grant creates additional practicum sites through partnerships with two hospitals—TriHealth and Shriners Hospital for Children—and a nursing home—Victoria Retirement Community.
 
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 continuing 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 better prepares 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 www.xavier.edu/nursing or call Marilyn Gomez, Director for 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 in March, an historic move that reflects the increased reach and stature of Xavier’s nursing program.