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School of Nursing hits grant jackpot

Loyola press release - July 26, 2010

Over $1 million awarded to develop Doctor of Nursing Practice online program

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing received a major boost this month, receiving over $1 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice online program through 2013.

The HRSA grant (D09HP18996) will be used to support core programmatic needs, including the partial funding of 10 faculty and staff positions, and expanded access to marketing, technology and library resources. It also fosters the development of the Jesuit NET’S Competency Assessment for Distributed Education educational model, which provides a proven, cost-effective process to develop competency-based curricula for online course delivery.

The focus of the DNP program is to educate students to redesign primary care delivery systems to integrate behavioral health as a seamless part of primary care. The program is the only one of its kind in Louisiana.

Before enrolling at Loyola, DNP student Kathy Wright, A.R.N.P., R.N., from Florida thought as a busy professional nurse, she wouldn’t have the time to go back to school and earn a higher degree.

“The program offered at Loyola was tailored to my needs,” Wright said. “The DNP program being online is an enormous asset. I’m able to work and still have the time to go through the program and meet all my expectations.”

Loyola enrolled its first 25 DNP students this summer from seven states and anticipates growing to 125 students within five years. The first DNP graduates will receive their degrees in 2012.

Ann Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., principal investigator noted: “The grant provides a critical opportunity to serve DNP students, faculty, the university, and ultimately the health care system as it promotes optimal redesign efforts for a future, sustainable model of health care for the nation. Receiving this federal grant is an acknowledgement of the innovation, dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff.”

“We are proud of our early success in putting this new doctoral program on solid footing and look for other opportunities as the School of Nursing continues to develop and grow,” said Loyola DNP program director Gwen George, D.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C.

The deadline for early-decision application for the 2011-12 DNP online program is November 1, 2010. Application and detailed program information are available at http://css.loyno.edu/nursing/doctor-nursing-practice