HRSA Grant Helps School Continue Focus on Higher Levels of Education
Guided by national reports including the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) “Future of Nursing” and Carnegie Foundation’s “Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation,” the Jefferson School of Nursing is phasing out the ASN-BSN program on the Geisinger Medical Center campus. This is consistent with the reports’ recommendation that “nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training.” The last ASN class will be admitted in September 2011 and graduate in 2013. The program will be completely phased out by June 2014.
The ASN-BSN program opened in 2004 in an effort to decrease the national shortage of nurses. Since then, 225 students have completed the ASN degree at Geisinger.
Through its online programs for RNs who wish to earn a BSN, MSN or DNP, Jefferson School of Nursing will continue building a critical mass of advanced nursing practice RNs in rural communities of Pennsylvania and other states. These efforts will be bolstered by the 3-year, $1 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant, “Promoting Health Access: Online Graduate Programs for Rural Underserved Communities,” awarded to the School in July. The project aims to recruit and retain diverse and disadvantaged students to the graduate nursing programs in order to offset the shortage of advanced practice nurses and primary care providers in rural Pennsylvania.