JUNE 23, 2015 - Two faculty members in the Department of Nursing at the School of Nursing & Health Studies received federal grants to support the nurse anesthesia and nurse faculty workforce.
Ella T. Heitzler, PhD, WHNP, FNP, RNC-OB, assistant professor of nursing, is principal investigator on a $162,000 grant (award number 1 E01HP28791-01-00) from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Nurse Faculty Loan Program. The grant can be used to support students in Georgetown’s Nurse Educator and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs.
Additionally, Donna Jasinski, PhD, CRNA, founding director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, received nearly $48,000 through HRSA’s Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program (award number 1 A22HP286400100). She serves as the grant’s principal investigator.
Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, the school’s interim dean, praised Heitzler and Jasinski for their efforts in securing these grant awards.
“Workforce development is a key area of focus within our school’s strategic plan,” she says. “We are really pleased with these grant awards, which will help educate students in important areas of need within nursing and the country’s health system.”
The Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program seeks to “. . .increase access to nurse anesthetist care for underserved populations,” according to HRSA. “Traineeships will pay all or part of the costs of the tuition, books, and fees, and the reasonable living expenses of the individual during the period for which the traineeship is provided.”
And the Nurse Faculty Loan Program supports the development of nursing faculty in order to help educate the next generation of nurses as a step to address the nursing shortage.
“Participating schools of nursing make loans from the fund to assist registered nurses in completing their graduate education to become qualified nurse faculty,” HRSA notes. “The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time.”
By Bill Cessato