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School of Nursing receives $700k grant for doctoral students

Loyola press release - October 8, 2012

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing was recently awarded a new federal grant from the Health Research and Services Administration for $700,000 over two years to support doctoral (DNP) students pursuing the credential of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in primary care.

This award will pay for tuition, fees, stipends and books for primary care students who commit to work in health professions in underserved communities and rural areas. The federal government aims to increase the number of advanced education nurses trained as primary care providers and/or nurse faculty through these types of grants.

At Loyola, eligible applicants are those who enroll in the post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The PB-DNP program at Loyola is the only doctoral program in the state of Louisiana accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education to prepare family nurse practitioners upon graduation to practice as primary care APRN’s.

According to Cynthia Collins, Ph.D., Loyola associate professor and director of the PB-DNP program, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, along with several prominent professional advanced practice nursing organizations, have called for all nurse practitioners to hold a D.N.P. for entry into practice by 2015.

"This educational pathway prepares registered nurses to achieve eligibility to be certified as advanced practice family nurse practitioners with a D.N.P. degree upon graduation and entry into advanced practice,” Collins said.

“The School of Nursing faculty endorsed this proposal and designed a curriculum that empowers the graduate RN nursing student to achieve this unique skill set as both a primary care F.N.P. and a D.N.P. change agent at the highest level of professional practice, preparing nurses to meet the challenges of a 21st century health care environment."

“A unique emphasis of the program is the focus on integrated behavioral health with primary care delivery as a system of care. This promotes one-stop care, coordination of care and systems of care redesign by nurse practitioners who work in and with inter-professional care delivery systems. The vision we have is to optimize primary care which improves the health of the public and extends the reach of primary care to communities that are traditionally underserved. The impact is a hallmark of Jesuit education,” said Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., director of Loyola’s School of Nursing and principle investigator of the grant. She notes that the program is among the three graduate nursing programs at Loyola University New Orleans ranked within the top five graduate nursing online programs in the U.S. by the U.S. News & World Report 2012 rankings.

The PB-DNP program at Loyola enrolled its first class in May 2012, with students from 16 states in addition to Louisiana, who are now in their second semester.

The early application and decision deadline for entry into the new 2013 PB-DNP class is Nov. 1, 2012. Final application date is Jan. 31, 2013. Applicants who accept admission offers and enroll in the doctoral program are eligible to apply for these traineeship/stipend funds to support attendance, progression and graduation. Application and detailed program information for all DNP programs are available at http://css.loyno.edu/nursing/doctor-nursing-practice.

Support for this grant is supplied by funds from the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services to Loyola University New Orleans under grant number A10HP25115 for post-baccalaureate to DNP students for 2012-14.

About Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing:

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing offers online degrees for RN- B.S.N, R.N.-to-M.S.N., MSN in HCSM, and the Post B.S.-D.N.P. and Post Masters to D.N.P. Loyola’s nursing program is based on Jesuit values and educates professional nurses to lead change and translate science into practice in a dynamic global health care environment. Loyola’s School of Nursing is consistently ranked by both U.S. News and World Report and thebestcolleges.org as one of the premier nursing schools in the country. The online graduate nursing programs at Loyola—the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice—are ranked in the top five graduate nursing online programs in the U.S. by the U.S. News & World Report 2012 rankings. For more information about the nursing online programs, including application requirements, visit the Loyola School of Nursing website.

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