Grant To Help Ease Nursing Shortage

Thursday, July 5th 2007, 8:55 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The University of Oklahoma has received a $3 million grant to help ease the state's shortage of nurses. The six-year grant from the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma is the largest ever given to the college in its almost 100-year history.

The funds were provided anonymously by an Oklahoma family that OU officials say has a passion for nursing.

The first $500,000 installment will help establish the Accelerated Master of Science Nurse Education Pathway program at the College of Nursing.

The 12-month master's degree program begins September 1 and is designed to educate more nursing faculty members at a faster pace, so the college eventually can double the number of nurses it educates and graduates.