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September 15, 2004
CONTACT: Millie Gonzalez
Office of University Relations
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Keanís Department of Nursing Receives $380K in Grants

UNION, N.J. – As the new school year gets under way, Kean’s Department of Nursing is delighted to announce that it has received three grants totaling more than $380,000 that will allow for the development and expansion of master’s-level options in nursing. In fact, Kean University is among only eight institutions of higher education in the country to be awarded an Advanced Education Nursing Program Grant by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This three-year grant, totaling more than $320,000, provides funding for the development of a graduate program and post-master’s certification program to prepare community-health nurses with a school-nurse major.

In keeping with its mission of providing academic and clinical training to prepare registered nurses for a continuously changing health-care system, the University will develop and implement a curriculum that addresses transcultural, community and school nursing, as well as leadership. The program will address a dire statewide need for more high-quality and culturally sensitive certified school nurses who are able to promote the national health goals of Healthy People 2010, a statement of national health objectives designed to identify, and establish goals to reduce, the most significant preventable threats to health. AENP adheres to three primary objectives: increasing the number of certified school nurses who are prepared to work in diversified environments; enhancing the overall diversity of the school nursing health-care workforce; and bolstering the number of highly qualified school nurses in the participating high-need districts. By partnering with seven school districts from three urban New Jersey counties, nurses will play a vital role in helping to reduce health-risk behaviors and improve the health status of youth. Directed by Dr. Susan Salmond, chair of the department, who prepared the proposals, coordinated by Dr. Minnie Campbell, professor, and Dr. Marie Foley, assistant professor, and supported by the University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the AENP grant reaches out to New Jersey schools in the East Orange, Elizabeth, Irvington, Linden, New Brunswick, Orange, Perth Amboy, and Plainfield school districts.

The Department of Nursing is complemented by two additional grants recently received to support graduate nursing education at Kean University. The Promise of Nursing for New Jersey Nursing School Grant administered by the National Student Nurses’ Association awarded Kean $16,000 to initiate a master’s degree and post-master’s certification in nursing education. Additionally, HRSA awarded Kean the Professional Nurse Traineeship Grant of more than $38,000 to support the Master of Science in nursing program by offering tuition assistance.