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Funding Will Support Advanced Education of Diverse Students and Veterans

A competitive grant of $561,360 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded to the Daemen College Nursing Department will help to relieve the shortage of primary health care providers in the Western New York region. The funding will increase the number of primary care providers by providing scholarships to nurses pursuing advanced training as primary care nurse practitioners (N.P.).

Even before health care reform, the Association of American Medical Colleges estimated a nationwide shortage of primary care practitioners, with up to 45,000 additional practitioners needed by 2020 to keep up with demand. In the Western New York/Rochester area, only 21.3 percent of nurses have attained a bachelor of science in nursing and only 1.9 percent have attained a nursing master of science, according to the 2011 Healthcare Association of New York State Workforce Survey.

“Daemen’s Nursing Department is deeply committed to addressing the primary care shortage,” said Mary Lou Rusin, Ed.D., R.N., ANEF, and Chair of the Daemen Department of Nursing. “This grant will provide important financial support for professionals who wish to pursue advanced nursing education at Daemen and work in primary care.”

“A key focal point of our philosophy is to reach and treat the many individuals and families who may have little or no insurance, or who may lack care entirely. It is an important goal, one which actively works to change lives.”

The Daemen program will provide scholarships, stipends, and a book allowance to select part-time and full-time students pursuing M.S. and post-master’s advanced certificates in adult nurse practitioner programs.

Advanced practice nurse practitioners deliver primary health care without the direct supervision of a physician, including prescribing or renewing prescriptions for most drugs, ordering blood tests, performing routine medical examinations, monitoring chronic conditions, counseling patients about prevention, and treating colds, sore throats and the flu.

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