September 23, 2017

WCU, Mission Receive $1 Million Grant to Improve Nursing Care in Rural WNC

A federal workforce diversity grant of more than $1 million will enable the School of Nursing at Western Carolina University (WCU) to partner with Mission Health to increase the quality of nursing care provided to patients in rural western North Carolina (WNC).

Titled the Western North Carolina RN to BSN Rural Education and Support (RN-BRES) Program, the project will focus on registered nurses with two-year degrees who are ethnic minorities (people of African-American, Native American, Hispanic and Appalachian descent) and/or from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who work at the Mission Hospital, Angel Medical Center, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, McDowell Hospital and Transylvania Regional Hospital. It will provide scholarships, stipends and mentorship opportunities to allow them to receive the additional education and training offered by obtaining their bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

To read the entire article with more details and comments from Kathy Guyette and Vallire Hooper from Mission Health and Judy Neubrander of the WCU School of Nursing, open this link.

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