Nursing student with patient

Daemen College has been awarded a two-year $681,600 grant from the federal Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to offer primary care training to nurses in an effort to address a shortage of qualified providers in medically underserved areas.

The grant will fund Daemen’s Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships, for which the college has received more than $3 million in HRSA grants. With this grant, 45 students will receive advanced training and graduate with an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner master’s degree. It will also provide nurses much-needed scholarship support to help encourage working professionals to seek advanced career training in primary care.

In addition, the grant will provide clinical placements for students in designated Medically Underserved Areas or Health Professional Shortage Areas. The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program is also focused on training veterans and having a minimum 60 percent participation from students with minority or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dr. Mary Lou Rusin, chair of the Daemen Nursing Department, emphasized that “we remain deeply committed to addressing the primary care shortage. This HRSA grant will provide vital financial support for professionals who wish to pursue advanced nursing education at Daemen and work in primary care.”