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Regis College receives two HRSA GrantsJuly 7, 2009
Major scholarship funds will help doctoral candidates in nursing practice
WESTON, MA. – For the second time this summer, Regis College School of Nursing and Health Professions was notified that it had received a grant from HRSA, the Health Resources and Services Administration of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, for scholarships for nursing students. The grants are a reflection of the College’s leadership in helping to overcome the shortage of nurses and nursing faculty in this country.
The first grant provides $22,500 for direct financial assistance to disadvantaged students, notably undergraduates. The second grant is program-specific and provides over $200,000 to the Nurse Faculty Loan Program to cover the costs of tuition and fees for those seeking advanced degrees. This financial assistance will aid candidates for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) as they prepare to bring clinical and research experience together and expand the availability of nursing faculty in this region. Both grants are effective July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.
"I am positively elated that Regis has received this recognition from HRSA,"said Dr. Antoinette Hays, RN, PhD, Dean of the Regis College School of Nursing and Health Professions. "Greater Boston is known internationally as a medical and health care center," she continued, "and the word is out regionally that Regis College School of Nursing and Health Professions is the place to be for high quality and accelerated programs to address the nursing faculty shortage and to develop highly skilled nurses and other health professionals educated in the best liberal arts and sciences traditions." Dean Hays is the project director for both grants.
Mary Jane England, MD, president of Regis College, shared Dean Hays’ appreciation. "This past year, Regis College nursing department received the singular honor of being named a Center of Excellence for Nursing Education by the National League of Nurses. These HRSA grants are yet other acknowledgements of the way the College is moving to the forefront of healthcare education in New England, where the healthcare industry is paramount."
In May, Regis College graduated its first doctoral candidates, ten new doctors of nursing practice. Several of the new DNPs are already faculty members at area nursing schools. The College is currently positioning other graduate tracks in healthcare for success. The health product regulation program at Regis, for example, has recently developed an on-line component allowing students from around the country and the world to participate.
In addition to the two new HRSA grants, this is the third year the Regis College nursing department has received a multi-year SINE (Success in Nursing Education) grant from HRSA to address nursing workforce diversity.
Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors; master’s degree programs in education, health product regulation, and nursing, and in communication, leadership and service, and public administration with a strategic focus on health care; and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. The National League of Nursing recently identified Regis College as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs, and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.