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July 2007

Release Date: July 11, 2007

ASU Nursing Department Awarded National Grant

Angelo State University’s Department of Nursing has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help fund the department’s Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program for the 2007-08 school year.

This year’s grant, the largest ever awarded to ASU by HRSA, will be utilized to provide traineeships to graduate students enrolled in the master of science in nursing program with the options of medical/surgical clinical nurse specialist or nurse educator. The students can use the traineeships to help pay for tuition, books and other fees.

“With the addition of these AENT funds to our other financial aid programs,” said Dr. Leslie Mayrand, head of the ASU Nursing Department, “I would encourage any registered nurse who wants to seek advanced education to contact our department to see what types of financial assistance are available to help achieve their educational goals.”

With the vast majority of graduate nursing students already employed as full-time nurses, they are often not eligible for need-based financial aid to continue their educations. Traineeships are particularly beneficial because all graduate nursing students are eligible.

The HRSA grant amounts are figured using a formula that reflects increased enrollment, graduation rates and growth in diversity. This is the eighth time ASU has received an HRSA grant. Projected fall 2007 enrollment for Angelo State’s MSN program is 70 students.

The ASU grant award was also announced by U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway’s (R-Texas) office.

"I applaud both Angelo State University and the Department of Health and Human Services for their combined effort to strengthen nursing education,” Conaway said.  “Nurses are a vital part of the healthcare system and our community in general. They provide necessary health services with a sense of compassion and respect which, in turn, personalizes and humanizes the healthcare experience.  With this grant, Angelo State University can provide an avenue for nurses to further their education and benefit the community through improved healthcare.”