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Capital Nursing Receives Second $200,000 Grant to Expand Nursing Education
COLUMBUS, Ohio. October 16, 2017 – Capital University’s Department of Nursing has been awarded a second $200,000 grant by the Ohio Board of Nursing from the Nursing Education Grant Program (NEGP) to increase enrollment capacity in the university’s nurse education programs.
The purpose of the NEGP is to address the nursing shortage in Ohio by supporting nursing education programs to increase enrollment capacity in institutions with ongoing community partnerships. Capital’s Department of Nursing’s ongoing relationship with OhioHealth was instrumental in being awarded the NEGP grant.
“Exceptional, holistic nurses and nurse leaders, like those we prepare at Capital, are essential to sustaining healthy communities, families, individuals and the health care systems that support them,” said Capital Nursing Dean Ann Peden. “By investing to expand Capital’s nursing program, the Ohio Board of Nursing and our partners are helping Capital champion lifelong health and well-being to lift up and improve lives in communities near and far. We are grateful for their confidence in us and our mission.”
Capital was awarded the first of the two grants, effective over two years, during 2015-2017, and leveraged the funds to support expansion of its Nursing Accelerated Program through development of a hybrid online degree program tailored to the needs of working adults. This program was created in response to a 23 percent combined increase in the traditional undergraduate and nursing accelerated programs in the fall of 2015. The funding also supported the development of a new simulation and skills laboratory onsite at Capital University. This second two-year grant brings the funding total to $400,000 across the two grants.
Funding from the latest NEGP grant will provide resources for new laboratory equipment to expand and complete dedicated nursing simulation and skills lab spaces in Capital’s Battelle Hall of Science and Nursing. These labs support applied learning and practical skills development to reinforce what students learn in the classroom. Equipment will include high-fidelity simulation mannequins, laptop computers, a mobile medication administration system and other equipment to complete the two new labs and to update the original nursing skills lab. Grant funds also will support the addition of faculty necessary to expand Capital’s new Hybrid Online Nursing Accelerated Program. In partnership with the Center for Medical Education and Innovation at Riverside Hospital, OhioHealth, this will allow the Capital University Department of Nursing to continue to increase enrollment capacity over the next two years.
The United States, including Ohio, is facing a critical shortage of nurses in the near future with a significant increase in the number of individuals over 65 requiring skilled nursing care, health system reforms creating increased access to care for more Americans, and simultaneous advancement in the average age of practicing nurses quickly approaching retirement (American Nurses Association, 2017). The NEGP award will allow the Department of Nursing to proactively engage in solving this approaching crisis through expanding access to high quality nursing education at Capital University.