The Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing was awarded $3.65 in grant funding in 2018, meaning the growing program can grow a bit more.

A $2 million, three-year federal grant called Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention-Registered Nurses in Primary Care was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

It will provide tuition scholarships, iPads, and MacBooks to 26 registered nurses who enroll at PSU to complete an online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Five community health agencies have partnered with Pittsburg State so that RN-BSN students can earn the required clinical experience.

An $800,288, two-year federal grant will fund a program to train Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners — registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of patients who have experienced sexual assault or abuse.

Currently, there is just one SANE to serve all of Crawford County, and there are none in Bourbon or Cherokee County.

A $1.5 million, two-year federal grant called Advanced Nursing Education Workforce is aimed at providing opioid education.

The school also marked a milestone in January: 100 percent of the first cohort of students in the BSN to DNP program passed the Family Nurse Practitioners National Board Certification — a must for them to be able to practice in most states as Family Nurse Practitioners when they graduate in May.