FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2006
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW receives $35,000 grant for graduate nursing program
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- A $35,000 grant from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services will help Mississippi
University for Women graduate nursing students who return to
their communities to provide care in underserved areas.
The grant, which is through the Health Resources and
Services Administration, will provide federal funding to
cover some of the college expenses for the graduate nursing
“Many of our graduate nursing students come from underserved
areas and are committed to going back to those areas and
providing healthcare,” said Dr. Sheila Adams, dean of the
College of Nursing & Speech-Language Pathology.
The focus of MUW’s graduate nursing program is to educate
advanced practice nurses in primary care. Graduates are
eligible to sit for national certification in the specialty
areas of family nurse practitioner or pediatric nurse
Adams added, “We have been fortunate to have received this
grant for a number of years. Our graduate nursing program,
established in 1975, was the first master’s nurse
practitioner program in Mississippi and the only program
until the late 1990s.”
Graduates of the program have assumed leadership roles in
healthcare throughout the country and have received
prestigious awards such as the National Pfizer Advanced
Nurse Practitioner Award for exceptional contributions to
healthcare, she said.
The Department of Nursing has three programs—the associate
of science in nursing program, the baccalaureate nursing
program and the graduate nursing program.
State, regional and national accrediting bodies have
continually accredited all three programs.