Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has handed out $750,000 in grants to nursing schools across the state in an effort to boost capacity. The Rendell administration has been trying to increase the number of nurses in the state for years through financial and other incentives to students. A recent study found many nursing schools in Pennsylvania have admissions waiting lists so the latest round of 14 grants is aimed at helping schools expand. Duquesne University’s nursing has received a 50 thousand dollar grant to hire a simulation technology expert. Simulation technology uses mechanical dummies to simulate situations nurses will face after graduation. All of the grants must be matched by local funds.