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College of Graduate Nursing

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Announcements & Events

CGN Awarded Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development Grant

The College of Graduate Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program is proud to be the recipient of the 2015-2016 California Song Brown/Office of Statewide Planning and Development grant funding of $288,625. The funds were designed for three purposes: 

The College of Graduate Nursing is proud to be leading the way in the charge to address California’s need for primary care providers serving the vulnerable and underserved populations, and in rural or geographically isolated areas of our state. 

Awarded National Faculty Loan Repayment Program Grant

Karen Hanford, Ed.D., R.N., FNP and Founding Dean for the College of Graduate Nursing at Western University of Health Sciences’, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency Health Resources and Services Administration recently announced the 2014-2015 award for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). As a result of the announcement, the College will award $396,456 to doctoral nursing students that have the intent to become nurse educators. This award marks the sixth consecutive year that the College has obtained funds to defer the costs for doctoral students. “As stated by Dean Karen Hanford, schools of nursing are turning away qualified students. Faculty shortages are expected to exceed the current estimates of 1,358 vacancies in BSN and graduate schools and are expected to increase due to upcoming faculty retirements.”

“The NFLP program”, according to Rodney Hicks, Ph.D., R.N., FNP, FAANP, FAAN, Director of the DNP Program, “is the only dedicated source of federal funding that prepares future nurse educators. Doctorally prepared nurse educators are needed to fill the current faculty vacant positions across the many schools of nursing within California.” Hicks goes on to add, “the award provides loan forgiveness for up to 85% of the cost of doctoral education when nurses agree to teach for a minimum of four years in an accredited nursing school.”

Western University, a non-profit university, is the largest university dedicated to the preparation of future health care professionals. The College of Graduate Nursing, a nationally accredited nursing program, is one of the 9 colleges located on the Pomona campus that offers a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Graduate Programs.com recently ranked the College as number 10 of the top 25 nursing schools in the country.

Accomplishments

Karen Hanford, Ed.D., R.N., FNP, Founding Dean of the College of Graduate at Western University of Health Sciences, is pleased to announce two new funding awards for students pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree. “With generous support from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veteran’s Health, the College will be able to award two $10,000 scholarships for students working on veteran’s specific health care needs in 2015-2016” said Dean Hanford. There are more than 22 million veterans that have made significant sacrifices for the country. The Jonas Center leads the nation in preparing nurse scholars to address many of the tremendous health challenges that face the veteran.

Jennifer Waggoner-Donald, MSN, MS, PHN, RN and William Donald, MSN, RN, CCRN were selected as the first two award recipients. Donald is also a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force Reserves Nurse Corp.

Rodney Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN, Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program adds “both individuals have long family histories of military service. Each scholar will be working on projects that address traumatic brain injuries”

Dean Hanford also said “Both scholars will join more than 250 doctoral students in Washington, DC later this year to network and collaborate on Veteran’s projects. Scholars address complex issues such as health care administration, health policy, barriers to care, and direct patient care needs”.

Western University, a non-profit university, is among the nation’s largest universities dedicated to the preparation of future health care professionals. The College of Graduate Nursing, a nationally accredited nursing program, is one of the 9 colleges located on the Pomona campus that offers a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Graduate Programs.com recently ranked the College as number 10 of the top 25 nursing schools in the country.

The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence was created in 2006 and serves to advance scholarship, leadership, and innovative practice. Presently, the Center has supported more than 600 doctoral students at more than 115 leading academic institutions across all 50 states. More information about the Center is available at www.jonascenter.org

Community Outreach

Alumni

CGN graduates are invited to stay in touch and get involved with their alma mater by visiting the Alumni area on our Web site.

Employment Opportunities

Alumni seeking nursing positions are encouraged to visit the Alumni Career Resources Center. Additional job postings may be found on the Nursing Employment Opportunities page powered by www.AfterCollege.com.