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Cal State School of Nursing receives additional funding to expand community college partnerships

Wednesday August 27, 2014
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The California State University, Los Angeles, School of Nursing has received a $300,000, two-year grant to build on the success of its California Collaborative Model of Nursing Education, a partnership with community colleges to create a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce.

The Phase II grant of the Academic Progression in Nursing program was awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the California Institute of Nursing and Health Care, according to a news release. It is in addition to earlier grant money that helped launch the program.

“We are excited to continue our work through CINHC on this important initiative that enables nursing students from our local community colleges to seamlessly continue their education at Cal State L.A. to complete their bachelor of science degree in nursing,” School of Nursing Associate Director Lorie Judson, PhD, RN, said in the release. “We are partnered with 10 area community colleges and have more than 140 nursing students in current cohorts on their way to degree completion at Cal State L.A.”

California’s workforce data show 53% of the nurses in the state have a BSN or higher degree.

“This funding will also enable us to share the California Collaborative Model of Nursing Education with other universities across the state to work toward the goal of 80% BSN-prepared nurses by 2020,” Judson said in the release.

According to the release, as part of Phase II, the team will develop:
• A sustainability plan to ensure the work to promote seamless academic progressions for nurses in California continues
• A robust diversity plan focused on academic-practice partnerships that expands and supports the work to date.


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