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USD awarded $144,000 state nursing grant

The University of San Diego's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science has received a $144,000 grant from the state of California.

The school will use to new funds to boost the number of students from underrepresented minorities, ensure students practice in underserved areas in the region, and develop plans to treat combat veterans.

Under the grant, a USD program for professionals seeking a new career in nursing will add five additional students this fall from minority or economically disadvantaged groups. These students will receive additional mentoring and support in areas such as academics, test taking and balancing family and school demands.

In addition to the extra support, the five students may also be eligible for scholarships and financial aid. Currently about one-third, or 16, of the 49 students in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) are minority or underrepresented students, up from 25 percent two years ago.

Along with meeting the health care needs of a diverse population, another challenge facing San Diego County is the growing number of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

A portion of the grant from the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development Song Brown Grant Program will also be used to develop a series of standardized patient case scenarios to prepare MEPN students to provide competent care to this large population of patients and families.


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