NEWBURGH – Mount Saint Mary College’s School of Nursing was recently awarded a $1.6 million, three-year Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The NWD program focuses on the recruitment, support, retention, and graduation of nursing students from underrepresented groups. It increases nursing education opportunities and assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become baccalaureate-prepared nurses by providing academic and financial support.
The grant was one of nine HRSA NWD grants awarded nationwide.
“We’re thrilled to implement an NWD program,” said Dr. Jason N. Adsit, president of the Mount. “Our receipt of this competitive funding further acknowledges and sustains the Mount’s commitment to diversity in an inclusive and equitable environment.”
At the Mount, the grant will assist 150 nursing students during the three years of the grant award, from 2022 to 2025. It will also allow the Mount to expand support to nursing students to ensure their successful completion of their undergraduate education.
“The School of Nursing is proud to be recognized as one of nine NWD grant awardees,” said Linda Kelly, project director and assistant professor of Nursing at the college. “We look forward to supporting students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds during their education at Mount Saint Mary College, with the goal of increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce.”
The Mount’s service-focused approach to education goes hand-in-hand with helping professions such as Nursing. Mount nursing students enjoy state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinical relationships with dozens of area hospitals. The college’s passionate faculty are dedicated to the success of both their undergraduate and graduate students.