$757,000 Grant Helps Binghamton’s Decker School of Nursing

The HRSA (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration) has awarded Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing a grant in the amount of $750,000 for a two-year traineeship, which will provide financial support for graduate nursing students.

According to the HRSA, the grant is intended to help schools increase the number of advanced education nurses who are trained to be primary care providers. Further, in order to address the nursing shortage that holds back many nursing schools from educating the number of qualified nurses in demand, the school can also use the grant to hire a nursing educator.

Students who receive grants are then eligible for a stipend and tuition waiver from the graduate school. The grant is formulated to fund a student through completion of a master’s degree. However, to continue receiving funding, the student must maintain a certain academic standard.

Because of the grant, the graduate program can now support a few part-time students as well as full-time ones. In the past, the school has not been able to fund part-time students. Thanks in part to the HRSA grant, tuition waiver, and stipend support, part-time students no longer will be forced to rely on taking out student loans in order to pursue their dreams.

Due in part to the financial aid furnished by the college and HRSA, one of the school’s part-time students is in the process of realizing her dream of earning a Doctor of Nurse Practitioner degree while earning a Master’s degree along the way. Currently, eight part-time students and fifteen full-time students are being funded.

The CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) has accredited the Decker School of Nursing graduate and undergraduate nursing programs through the middle of June 2019. A graduate nursing student can earn an MS (Master of Science) and DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) with a major in one of the following areas:

  • community health
  • family
  • gerontological nursing
  • psychiatric mental health

The DNP program is specifically designed to address changes in the health care system and new health care needs.

The Decker School of Nursing also offers a PhD in Nursing, which is a Doctor of Philosophy research degree, with emphases in vulnerable populations and rural health.

In the MS program, students can select one of the following four functional roles:

  • administrator
  • educator
  • nurse practitioner
  • clinical nurse specialist

For additional credit, students can pursue dual roles. Rural nursing and disaster preparedness are two areas of concentration that are currently available, with concentrations in palliative care and forensics pending approval.

If a student already holds a Master’s degree in nursing, there are programs available that lead to certification as a nurse practitioner in one of the following areas: primary care, gerontological, or family.

Students holding a Bachelor’s degree in nursing who are certified as a nurse midwife are allowed to earn a Master’s degree in family nursing.

For further information on this topic, you can access http://www.binghamton.edu/news/news-releases/news-release.html?id=1933.

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