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CSS Awarded Historic Grant For Nursing Program

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: August 24, 2018 09:16 PM

DULUTH - The College of St. Scholastica was awarded a $2.7 million dollar grant for the nursing program. The major announcement was held at the college Friday.

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The college was the only one in the state to receive the four year grant, which will be shared with Essentia Health.

"Our school of nursing has been awarded the largest grant in the history of our college, $2.7 million dollars from the Department of Health and Human Services. It is going to fund the rural registered nurses in primary care project," Colette Geary, the St. Scholastica president, said.

The grant is going to be focused on addressing primary care workforce shortages in rural and under served communities.

"Now we’ll be moving towards preparing them to work in some other settings outside of a hospital. Places like an infusion therapy center, a primary care clinic, congestive heart failure clinic, and helping patients navigate the healthcare system," Julie Knuths, The St. Scholastica undergraduate interim chair nursing assistant professor, said.

Minnesota nurses have been pushed to seek acute care, leading to a decrease in long-term preventative care.

"For the first time our nursing students will have a curriculum in primary care and they'll have clinical experience in primary care as well,” Geary said.

Several speakers at the event acknowledged the benefit the grant will provide not only to nursing students but to the state as a whole.

"Learn about how they can help patients manage chronic illness, help patients prevent illness and improve their health. Having that clinical experience in school will give them additional skills and opportunities after they graduate," Knuths said.

The money will also go into doing assessments with nurses currently in primary care and into changing classroom content focused on primary care.

"They have more of a connection to the community if people care about Duluth and healthcare here. It makes Scholastica more attractive to perspective students,” Hannah Yoki, a St. Scholastica nursing student, said.

The grant is also going to strengthen the academic and clinical partnership with Essentia Health.

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