A major federal grant is helping the Department of Nursing prepare nurses to become Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners (APRNs). The department learned in October that it had received a $325,000 federal Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant. It is renewable for another $325,000 for the 2013-14 school year, which would bring the total to $650,000.

The grant is designed to increase the number of advanced education nurses who are trained to practice as primary care providers. It also aims to reduce a national shortage of nursing faculty, which prevents nursing schools from educating the number of nurses needed to meet demand.

Mary Carol Pomatto, chairperson of the Department of Nursing, said the grant helps PSU produce needed health care professionals for typically underserved rural communities and also plays a role in the university’s growth.
The grant, written by Cheryl Giefer, a member of the Nursing Department faculty, and Brian Peery, PSU’s grants coordinator, will be used for tuition and books as well as stipends for living expenses.