Grant helps advance the education of nurses

A $700,000 grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. continues a three-year pilot program to help advance the education of nurses.More students will be entering the School of Nursing, thanks to a $700,000 grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

The grant, which continues a three-year pilot program, will help advance the education of nurses to meet national guidelines and address the nursing shortage by providing more highly educated nurses.

“These grants have helped us partner with community colleges and universities to encourage students to enter into our bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs,” said School of Nursing Dean Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. “We are committed to advancing nursing education at all levels.”

One example of this is at San Antonio College, where office space has been reserved for the School of Nursing faculty to regularly advise prospective students on prerequisites needed to enter UT Health Science Center nursing programs.

As a result, 52.3 percent of the students entering the School of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in fall 2014 completed their prerequisites at SAC, Dr. Breslin said.

The grant also provides funds for three scholarships each for the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs.

The program supports the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that 80 percent of nurses have at least a bachelor’s degree by 2020. Only 54 percent of nurses in Texas and 55 percent in Bexar County hold a B.S.N. or a more advanced degree.

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