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Clayton State's nursing school gets financial boost

The School of Nursing at Clayton State University received a substantial financial boost to help support enrollment opportunities.

A $750,000 advanced nursing education grant was awarded to the school, by the Division of Nursing within the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

The grant runs through 2014.

“This grant will support an increase in enrollment in the RN-MSN [Registered Nurse-Masters of Nursing] program,” said CSU’s Dr. Jennell Charles, associate professsor and project director.

She added that the grant will allow the school to include strategies aimed at student retention, such as enhanced faculty-student mentoring.

“Faculty and students will be paired, based upon common practice and scholarship interests,” said Charles.

Director of University Relations John Shiffert said the grant will also allow the creation of an accelerated program that will help students move through the Registered Nurse-Masters of Nursing program in just six semesters. “There will also be strategies to increase service-learning opportunities, with an emphasis on reducing health disparities,” said Shiffert.

He added that this is the first advanced Nursing Education grant awarded to the school by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Each year, through 2014, he said, the grant will support students by providing a nurse and non-nurse faculty scholar, who will hold face-to-face and web meetings with the students.

This year’s scholars, he said, are: Dr. Jo Ann Dalton, professor emeritus at Emory University School of Nursing; and Dr. Robert Thomas, professor of Leadership at the Georgia Institute of Technology/College of Management and Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

“There will be an intentional effort to provide a focus on nursing education, as well as leadership and management,” said Shiffert.