9/11/15 MANSFIELD, Ohio – Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences has been awarded funding for two grants totaling nearly $400,000 through the Nurse Education Grant Program from the Ohio Board of Nursing.
The purpose of the Nurse Education Grant Program is to address the nursing shortage within the State of Ohio by supporting nurse education programs, like Ashland University’s, in their efforts to increase enrollment capacity of nursing students and nursing educators.
The $200,000 pre-licensure grant project, titled “Undergraduate Nursing Expansion: Utilizing an Innovative Preceptor Model and Affiliate Faculty Appointments” is designed to expand enrollment in Ashland University’s baccalaureate pre-licensure nursing education program by increasing available faculty resources and expanding clinical placement opportunities for students via exploration of two new, innovative models.
AU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences has formed a partnership with OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital and OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital for this project. Clinical site shortages and faculty shortages are national issues of concern in the education of future professional nurses and are barriers to increasing enrollment for Ashland University.
The $199,355 post-licensure grant project, titled “Increasing Baccalaureate Professional Nurses and Promoting Graduate Nursing Education,” will expand established articulation agreements with Marion Technical College and Stark State College leading to a seamless academic transition of students as they progress from an Associate’s Degree in Nursing to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Dr. Faye Grund, dean of AU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said the partnerships with Marion Technical College and Stark State College calls for AU to:
· Deliver mutually agreed upon online nursing courses in a hybrid method at the partnership community colleges.
· Dedicate one full-time (FT) faculty for RN to BSN student recruiting, advising and teaching.
· Implement student advising onsite at the community colleges from the pre-licensure program through BSN completion.
· Expand recruiting resources and venues at the community colleges.
· Invite senior students from the partnership community colleges to participate in the Annual Research Day at the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences or via satellite.
· Provide RN to BSN hybrid nursing courses at the community college to provide extra student support in learning the online learning management system.
The project also will provide multiple pathways for working professionals to pursue advanced degrees in nursing. The Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Ashland University currently offers the following post-licensure programs: Registered Nurse to Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a primary care focus of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP); and is planning a Master of Science (MS) in nursing degree and a Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.