BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of Nursing was
recently awarded a $695,000 U.S. Health Resources and Service
(HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant for the
purpose of increasing the number of advanced education nurses
trained to practice as primary care providers and/or as nursing
UB was among the universities that received the most AENT award
Additionally, the UB School of Nursing received accreditation
for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program from the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a
national accreditation agency, the CCNE is an autonomous
accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's
health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate,
graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
Marsha Lewis, PhD, RN, dean and professor expressed delight that
the DNP Program had been accredited.
Lewis explained that, "having accredited programs along with the
AENT award money will allow us to be able to provide substantial
funding for DNP students to meet their academic goals. This aligns
with the Institute of Medicines (IOM) Future of Nursing
"One of the key messages of the initiative is to provide and
expand opportunities for nurses to achieve higher levels of
education through an improved education system that promotes
academic progression. Being able to offer excellent academic
programs along with financial support to our students allows UB
School of Nursing to lead change and impact health care
The HRSA grant, which is awarded for two years and must be spent
in 2012 and 2013, will be used to set up scholarships for qualified
students, current and incoming.
Qualified students will be those in the post-baccalaureate
portion of the DNP program. The specific programs UB offers are the
Family Nurse Practitioner, the Adult Nurse Practitioner and the
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Carol Brewer, PhD, RN, a UB nursing professor and interim
associate dean for academic affairs attributed the HRSA award to an
"excellent application and excellent nursing program."
She went on to say, "This money will help educate
doctorally-prepared nurse practitioners who will provide advanced
health care to the communities they serve.
"Some of these practitioners will also join the ranks of
faculty, easing the bottle neck created by inadequate number of
nurse educators which decreases the flow of nurses into the
For more information on UB's post-baccalaureate nursing
programs, go to: http://nursing.buffalo.edu/Academics/DoctorofNursingPractice.aspx
For more information on the RN Work Project, go to: http://rnworkproject.org/