The University received its largest federal grant ever, more than $1.1 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The money funds the new Master of Science in Nursing: Direct Entry as a Second Degree, better known as the MIDAS program, which is geared toward individuals who have undergraduate degrees in fields other than nursing but who want to become a registered nurse.
The program is also the only one in Ohio tied to the new emerging health care role of clinical nurse leader. “A CNL registered nurse is able to assess a patient’s needs by looking at the whole picture and then provide coordinated care for that patient,” says Sue Schmidt, chair of the department of nursing. “This is especially important as healthcare systems are becoming increasingly complex.”
“This very generous grant will allow our students to make a tremendous contribution to our community,” says University President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “The care they provide is vital, and the impact they make is lasting.”
The nursing program also received a $26,000 traineeship grant for scholarships for MIDAS students.