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Nursing Program at Le Moyne College Awarded Health Resources and Service Administration Grant

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne has been notified by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) that the College would receive $105,000 in federal grant money, funds that will be made available to graduate students in its Nursing Program.

The HRSA funds can be used for tuition, books, fees, and other expenses. All part-time or full-time matriculated students in the educator track of the M.S. program who are interested in assuming a faculty position in the future are eligible to apply for the funds. 

“This grant comes at a wonderful time when our graduate program is growing in size and students need help to finance their educational goals,” said Susan Bastable, director of the nursing program at Le Moyne. “The profession has a critical shortage of nurse educators, and funding from this grant will attract and produce future teachers who will prepare the next generation of registered nurses.”

The office of New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand estimates that Central New York has the highest current vacancy rate for nurses in the state, at 14.7 percent, well over the state’s rate overall, which is approximately 8.6 percent. The Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University of Albany, a non-profit research organization, has determined that New York State will need over 105,000 additional nurses in the next 10 years.

Le Moyne was originally told in July that it would receive $42,000 through the HRSA. Since that time, the HRSA received federal stimulus money released under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed in February by President Obama. The additional $63,000 in funding comes from these stimulus funds. 

Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Bill Corr stated that $13.4 million will be released across the nation to help address the enormous need for nurses, due to nurse retirements and an aging U.S. population. HHS estimates that about 50,000 persons nationwide who are interested attending in nursing school are turned away because these schools, lacking nurse educators, cannot enroll them. In New York State, about 54 percent of nursing education programs turned qualified applicants away in 2007, representing about 2,000 applicants. Reasons included program limit on admissions, lack of training sites, lack of qualified faculty, lack of classroom space, and lack of funding for facilities. 

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posted on: 8/12/2009