The success of the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing in training quality health care professionals has been recognized at the federal level in the form of grant dollars totaling more than $2 million.

The multi-year grants will support the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program through the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant and the RN-BSN program through the Nurse, Education, Practice, Quality and Retention program.

The grants will provide infrastructure support and educational funding for students including 26 registered nurses in the RN-BSN program and 30 students in the BSN-DNP program.

“Many rural areas, including ours, are known as Health Professional Shortage Areas,” said Cheryl Giefer, director of the Bradley School of Nursing. “The demand for healthcare is simply outstripping the supply of qualified professionals. These grants will allow us to admit more nurses into our programs. who, in turn, will bolster our region’s primary care nursing workforce. The end result is better care for you and your family.”

The Bradley School of Nursing programs include the BSN, RN-BSN, MSN (Education Emphasis), BSN-DNP and MSN-DNP (Advanced Practice Nursing and Education Emphasis). Many of these programs are now available completely online. Visit for additional information.