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TWU’s College of Nursing and DFW Area Health Education Center receive $800,000 federal grant to address Hispanic nursing shortage

8/22/05


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University’s College of Nursing, in partnership with The DFW Area Health Education Center (AHEC), was recently awarded an $800,000 federal grant to address the Hispanic nursing shortage in Texas.

The funds, to be awarded over a three-year period by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will be used to recruit and retain Hispanic nurses with the creation of the Pioneering Nursing’s Future: Excellence Through Diversity program.

“This funding allows us to offer stipends, monthly workshops and seminars to 20 pre-nursing Hispanic sophomores at the Denton campus,” said Dr. Caryl Mobley, associate dean of nursing at TWU’s Dallas-Parkland campus.

Dr. Mobley said that participants who successfully complete the sophomore activities and meet GPA requirements would be guaranteed admission to TWU’s College of Nursing at TWU’s Dallas-Parkland campus. She added that the students will continue to receive scholarships and will participate in monthly mentoring programs during their junior and senior years.

“The students will also give back to the community by participating in programs that educate Hispanic youth about nursing careers,” Dr. Mobley said.

In addition to the scholarships, Dr. Mobley added that the project’s funding will be used to generate interest in nursing among Hispanics in middle and high school.

“We will establish summer camps for Hispanic students interested in nursing, create a website and electronic newsletter and host seminars about nursing for high school and middle school teachers and counselors,” Dr. Mobley said. “The project is very broad-based and supports both recruitment and retention of our community’s future Hispanic nurses.”

Dr. Lori Schell with AHEC will serve as the program director and Dr. Mobley will serve as a co-director of the Pioneering Nursing’s Future: Excellence Through Diversity program. TWU nursing professor Elizabeth Esparza Fuentes will serve as the program’s coordinator.

“This exciting collaborative partnership will enable us to recruit, train and educate tomorrow's nurses and to expand a more diverse nursing workforce to serve the citizens of Texas,” said Dr. Marcia Hern, dean of TWU’s College of Nursing.

For more information on Pioneering Nursing’s Future: Excellence Through Diversity program, visit www.twunursingdiversity.org. For more information on TWU's College of Nursing visit www.twu.edu/nursing/ or call (940) 898-2401.

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For Further Information Contact:

For more information on Pioneering Nursing’s Future: Excellence Through Diversity program, visit www.twunursingdiversity.org.
For more information on TWU's College of Nursing visit www.twu.edu/nursing/ or call (940) 898-2401.
 

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