SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing has landed $3.8 million in federal funding to support the Ocean State’s nursing workforce, training and education, and research efforts.
The $3.8 million, presented Thursday by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, is made up of three separate grants. Two of the grants address workforce issues under the Affordable Health Care Act and the third provides collaborative research funding.
“With the Affordable Care Act’s emphasis on primary care providers and the College of Nursing’s leadership in preparing advanced practice nurses for these roles, these federal grants come at a critical time,” said Reed in prepared remarks. “URI does an outstanding job preparing the next generation of nurses, and the scholarships and grant funding for new, advanced educational programs will help ensure we have a highly-trained and diverse health care workforce that can serve patients throughout the state.”
The largest grant, at $2.4 million, is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The five-year grant is earmarked for a study on umbilical cord clamping and brain development in full-term newborns, which is now under way in collaboration with Women & Infants Hospital and Brown University.
URI’s College of Nursing was awarded two grants totaling $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to enhance nursing training.
A three-year, $748,121 grant will support the implementation of two new programs at URI: a doctor of nursing practice program and a post-master’s acute care nursing practice specialization.
A $686,000, two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be used to provide scholarships for 47 nursing students over two years, supporting either all or part of the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks, according to the school.
Total enrollment for URI’s College of Nursing is just more than 900 students, with 17 percent minority and 92 percent women. URI accepted 166 freshmen out of 1,650 applicants for the fall semester, according to the college.
To present the grants, Reed will be joined by URI College of Nursing Interim Dean Mary Sullivan, the school’s Vice President for Research and Development Peter Alfonso as well as URI nursing faculty, students, and Brown University faculty at White Hall on URI’s main campus.