PA group gets grant for expanding nursing education

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 8, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Undated) -- The commonwealth is one of 20 states receiving grant money to develop improvements for education in nursing.

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition is getting some $150,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Coalition Interim Director Frances Ward says the funds will help them determine where the state stands in key areas of nursing education, "to see if we could increase the enrollment of individuals in baccalaureate nursing programs and, number two, to increase the enrollment in doctoral nursing programs in the state so they could ultimately become nursing faculty."

Ward says Pennsylvania has 41 baccalaureate, 26 associate and 19 diploma as well as practical nursing programs.

She says an over-arching goal is to increase the gender and ethnic diversity of the nurses in the state.

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