UND and North Dakota State University will receive more than $800,000 in federal grants to promote advanced nursing education and increase diversity in nursing programs, North Dakotaâ€™s congressional delegation announced Friday.
A Nursing Workforce Diversity grant for $515,631 will be awarded to UND, and NDSU will receive an Advanced Education Nursing Grant for $311,349. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In a joint statement, Sens. Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg said itâ€™s important to focus on â€œeducating and recruiting the next generation of health care providersâ€ in order to maintain high-quality health care at the stateâ€™s medical facilities.
â€œThese grants work toward this goal by promoting advanced education for nurses such as masterâ€™s and doctoral degrees and by increasing nursing opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds,â€ they wrote.
The grant funding was appropriated by Congress.