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$325,000 grant to help PSU nursing students

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The Pittsburg State University's Department of Nursing will be receiving money from a federal grant program for $325,000.

"We have received traineeship funds since 1996," says Cheryl Giefer, a professor with the PSU Department of Nursing.  "Typically we receive anywhere from $23,000 to $37,000 per year.  The grant was changed this year."

Professor Giefer says the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Grant will be used to help students become Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners (APRN) through a scholarship program.

"The grant was written to provide funding for 26 part time students," says Giefer.  "Each student will receive their tuition and it can also provide stipends up to $11,000 per every part time student."

"We all have families and full-time jobs, so this grant is going to allow us to hopefully cut back on our hours and focus more on our studies and do more clinical hours," says Tanya Brokob, a student in the program who will benefit from this grant come next semester.

Brokob says next semester the APRN students will have to take 288 hours of clinical work.

Brokob is also a case worker at Girard Medical Center and plans to do family practice.

"The less stress that they have in their personal lives, in their economic lives, the more they can focus on the demands of learning all about becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse and actually providing primary care to the residents of this region and beyond," says Mary Carol Pomatto, Chairperson of the Pittsburg State University Department of Nursing.

Giefer says the grant is renewable for the 2013-2014 school year, which would bring in a total of $650,000.

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