Kent State University’s College of Nursing receives $1.1 million grant
September 28, 2017 | By Karen Farkas
Kent State University’s College of Nursing has been awarded a $1.1 million grant to expand behavioral health care in rural and underserved areas.
The four-year grant was awarded by he Health Resources and Services Administration Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program to help integrate behavioral health assessment and treatment into primary care settings.
“Many times, patients who seek treatment in primary care settings have underlying symptoms related to mental health or psychiatric illnesses,” said Wendy Umberger, associate dean for graduate studies, in a statement. “Primary care doctors and primary care nurse practitioners may lack the expertise, knowledge, and experience to treat those patients effectively.”
The grant will fund stipends for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner students enrolled in master’s programs in nursing and doctoral programs in nursing practice at Kent State.
Ten $10,000 stipends will be given to master’s candidates this year, 12 will be awarded the second year, 14 during the third year, and 16 during the final year. One $28,000 stipend will be given to a doctoral student next year and two stipends will be given out during the third and fourth years.
Students will be placed in care settings during the last six months of their educational programs and will commit to working in rural, vulnerable, or underserved areas after graduation.
Throughout the four years, the team’s objectives will revolve around providing integrated training to students and clinical-site staff to increase the number of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners in Northeast Ohio who have had experience with integrated care. Additionally, the team would like to expand the pool of integrated care locations that collaborate with project personnel by three sites each year.
College of Nursing to offer RN to BSN program at all campuses
In other nursing news, the College of Nursing recently announced that it revised the online RN-to-BSN program.
The revision, driven by the Institute of Medicine’s goal that by 2020 80 percent of nurses would have a bachelor’s degree, will make Kent State’s program more assessable and convenient for practicing nurses, the university said.
The program is designed to provide working professionals who already had an associate’s degree or nursing diploma a pathway to complete their bachelor of science in nursing degree.
It is the first of its kind to be implemented fully through collaboration from all eight Kent campuses. It offers benefits such as decreased tuition, increased course availability, and convenience.
Every seven weeks, each of the required nursing courses will be offered, rather than providing classes in a traditional rotation format. This will help students who work full-time and have families some flexibility.