The department of nursing received a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Nursing. The grant, one of only three awarded, creates teaching assistant positions for graduate students in nursing. Xavier is partnering with the Good Samaritan Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences to create the positions.
“In addition to the nursing shortage, there is also a shortage of nursing faculty,” says Linda Schmid, assistant nursing professor and project director. “The goal is to get the students into teaching roles and help them advance into faculty roles.” The grant is also being used to purchase a human-patient simulator. The high-tech patient simulation helps students with their assessment skills and their self-confidence in the clinical area.