Two Federal Grants Aimed at Nurse Recruitment & Training
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that D’Youville College will receive two federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services totaling $311,731 Both grants will support nursing students and programs at the College on Porter Avenue in Buffalo, New York.
“An aging population and changes in workforce trends are creating a critical need for nurses both locally and nationally,” said Congressman Higgins. “This grant makes an important investment in D’Youville’s distinguished nursing program and will result in more students graduating into a field where jobs are readily available.”
D’Youville will receive $292,361 toward their Nursing Workforce Diversity Program which provides support to projects targeting minority and disadvantaged students at nursing schools. This program provides remedial and support services necessary to assure successful completion of those students enrolled in nursing programs.
The College has been allocated $19,370 through the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship program which awards grants to colleges to help them meet the costs of projects and traineeships that support the preparation of registered nurses (RNs) as nurse faculty, nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), nurse-midwives (NMWs), nurse anesthetists, nurse administrators, public health nurses and other nurse specialties requiring advanced degrees.
“The purpose of this grant fits D’Youville College’s mission perfectly and uses the strength of the college to provide educational opportunities to those who may have difficulty accessing them,” said D’Youville College President Sr. Denise A. Roche.
A study by the US Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Health Professionals examined the projected supply, demand and shortages of Registered Nurses between the years 2000 – 2020 and estimated by the year 2020 New York State will be short 44,611 nurses while nationwide the shortage is expected to reach 808,416.