The College of Graduate Nursing is a proud recipient of the 2017-2019 California’s Song Brown/Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development grant for Registered Nursing and received the maximum grant funding of $240,000. The primary purpose of the Song-Brown grant is to increase the number of nursing students receiving high-quality education and training in the areas of unmet needs in California. Song-Brown awards funds to those institutions that have a demonstrated record of having graduates working in medically underserved areas, establishing community and clinical partnerships in underserved areas and increasing the diversity of the student body.
Dr. Ivy Tuason, PhD, FNP-BC, Assistant Dean for Global Health and Innovations and the Principal Investigator for this grant said, “CGN has a proven track record of providing our students experiences to improve health and advocate for the vulnerable populations in areas where health resources are scarce. In California, 50 out of 58 counties are at least partially designated as medically underserved and 26 out of 58 counties are considered Registered Nurse Shortage Area. This grant helps to relieve nurse shortages in underserved areas by providing them meaningful clinical activities that attract graduates to work there.”
The grant was designed for several purposes:
- A community outreach coordinator to strategize and expand MSNE students’ experiences in medically underserved areas.
- Support MSNE students’ outreach efforts with of the underserved populations.
- Increase the number of community and clinical partnerships for student rotations in medically underserved areas.
- Increase awareness of the health needs of the vulnerable populations and roles of nurses to meet these needs.
- Increase recruitment efforts among underrepresented groups.
Dr. Tuason added, “With this grant, we can expand our access to the underserved populations as well as attract prospective students in rural and inner cities. Through strategic community and clinical partnerships and collaborations, our clinical partners may be successful in recruiting our graduates while students are given richer experience to encourage future practice in these areas”.
Dr. Mary Lopez, Dean of the College of Graduate Nursing stated, “We are committed to meet the complex nursing needs of California and dedicated in providing our students high quality education to lead quality and safety health care for our communities.”
The CGN is committed to prepare students in providing culturally responsive care and taking on nursing roles to care for the vulnerable populations and decrease healthcare disparities