The Mennonite College of Nursing has received a federal grant of nearly $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grant will support the education of nurse practitioners at Illinois State University.
Due to population growth in the United States, the demand for health care specialists continues to increase as well.
The HHS estimates that by 2020, there could be a shortage of more than 20,000 primary care providers in the nation. This shortage could be minimized through the education of more primary care nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
The two-year grant will help fund the education of the 65 students currently in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) sequence.
The Mennonite College faculty stated that this funding is crucial to help these nurses in caring for the community.
For additional information, contact Amy Irving of the Mennonite College of Nursing at (309) 438-7418.