The Maryland Higher Education Commission awarded the Salisbury (Md.) University Nursing Department $1,079,644 to expedite and expand doctoral education for nurses across the state, according to a new release.
SU launched its DNP program this fall. According to the release, the three-year grant will enhance this effort by assisting faculty in making courses more accessible to professionals statewide. Ten students enrolled in the first MS-to-DNP cohort.
During phase 1, faculty will transform all courses in the DNP curriculum into a distance-accessible format by combining online coursework, individual activities and synchronous meetings and webinars. Phase 2 will allow SU to develop a BS-to-DNP program to start as early as fall 2014 with curriculum in the same distance-accessible format.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the university to help address nursing shortages in Maryland and across the nation,” Lisa Seldomridge, RN, PhD, nursing department chair, said in the release. She said that SUs efforts are aligned with the goals of the Institute of Medicines 2010 report on “The Future of Nursing.” These goals include doubling the number of nurses with doctorates by 2020 to have more diverse nurse faculty and researchers and to prepare and enable nurses to lead change in their organizations to advance health.
“Graduates of our programs, particularly the DNP, help expand the pool of qualified nursing faculty,” Seldomridge said. “In addition, the program is preparing new primary-care providers to meet the burgeoning need for healthcare services for people in this region and across the state. The DNP is the degree of the future for nurse practitioners.”