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School of Nursing wins federal grant to train nation's advanced practice nurses

July 19, 2013

Armed with a $350,000 federal grant awarded this month, Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing is on the front line of training advanced practice nurses to serve as primary care providers—a need particularly important to the federal government.

The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grant awarded by the U.S. Public Health Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, aims to increase the nation’s primary care providers by funding advanced practice nursing education. The grant will partially pay for tuition, fees, stipends and books for Loyola nursing students, especially those committed to working in underserved communities and rural areas.

The grant support is important as the nation experiences the burgeoning need for access to primary care and a greater demand for family nurse practitioners, according to Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., professor and director of the School of Nursing. The grant will be distributed through Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship scholarships to incoming Loyola Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master’s of Science in Nursing students beginning in Fall 2013.

Cary herself was a recipient of one of these federal traineeships while pursuing her master’s degree. “This grant is an example of work force development policy in action,” Cary said. “Loyola is a partner in helping the federal government build capacity in primary care through the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship program.”

The early admission deadline for the 2014 DNP online program is Nov. 1. Application information for all DNP programs is available online.

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