Friday, November 5, 2010

RMU Doctor of Nursing Program Gets Boost from Grant

Students researching clinical care, patient safety, and quality of patient care At Robert Morris University will son have access to a quarter of a million dollars to aid their efforts. The Robert Morris University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP) accepted a five year, $250,000 grant from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF). The grant will help to establish the Alvin Rogal Research Award in Safety and Quality Improvement, named after a founding chairman of the JHF and a member of the Robert Morris Board of Trustees who died in 2007. The Research Award will allow $10,000 annually to DNP student research.

Jonathan Potts, spokesperson for Robert Morris, says that the program is working hard to bring nursing students an education that prepares them for the challenges they may face in their field. "By 2015 The American Association of Colleges and Nursing is recommending that advanced practice nurses...receive doctorate level education. They're taking on more and more of the duties that physicians have taken on in the past, so they need to have that level of education."

Potts also says that he is grateful JHF endowed the Research Award in Alvin Rogal's name. He says that he was a great philanthropist and beloved during his time on the board.

The DNP graduated its first class last May with another cohort graduating this December. Clinical projects launched by the program include the use of insulin pumps to control type 2 diabetes, educating parents about the use of CT scans on children with head injuries, and the use of vitamin D on patients with spinal stenosis.

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