GVSU grant helps diversity in nursing

October 30, 2010
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The federal Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a grant of $773,837 to Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof School of Nursing aimed at increasing diversity among undergraduate nursing students.

Associate Dean Elaine Van Doren said the grant will be used to provide up to 20 scholarships and 20 stipends per year for students in the RN-BSN program, beginning with the Winter 2011 semester. In that program, people already working as registered nurses return to college for a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

As a way to increase the diversity of the population of nurses, the stipends and scholarships will be earmarked for students who are economically and educationally disadvantaged, she said.

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