San Jose State University School of Nursing Receives $5.5 Million Grant To Create Two Programs
San Jose State University's School of Nursing on Monday received a $5.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to create a bachelor of science "boot camp" and a graduate nursing education program, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The program will allow honors students to participate in an accelerated, 18-month program that will let them receive their bachelor's in nursing, beginning with a group of 30 students in summer 2005. Over the next five years, about 90 students will receive a bachelor's in nursing through the program.
The new Masters of Science nursing program, which will begin in spring 2005, aims to graduate 45 nursing teachers from area colleges and universities in less than two years instead of the usual three years. The funding also will cover costs for 12 nurses who already have their masters degrees to complete the nursing education program.
Jayne Cohen, director of the School of Nursing, said the programs are designed to help ease the local nursing shortage by increasing the number of nursing graduates and the number of "potential nurse leaders and educators who are academically prepared to begin graduate-level study" (Bartindale, San Jose Mercury News, 10/19).