Pittsburg State University’s Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has been selected to receive a nearly $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The two-year grant, known as the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program, supports innovative academic-practice partnerships that prepare students to become primary care practitioners in rural and underserved settings.

The grant will be used to help qualified students in Pittsburg State’s BSN-DNP program fully cover the cost of their education.

“This is monumental for our students and our program,” said Cheryl Giefer, director of the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing. “It’s actually a two-part grant. It will provide funding for faculty, equipment and program development but, more importantly, it will cover tuition and expenses for many of our BSN-DNP students.”

One of the many DNP students who’ll benefit from the grant is Jordan Howard. A father of three young children, Howard is currently working the overnight shift as an Emergency Room nurse at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.

“It’s (receiving the grant) a huge weight off of my shoulders,” Howard said. “I won’t have to struggle financially through school, and I’ll have more time for my studies. That’s a big thing, especially having three kids and a fourth on the way.”