Date: August 31, 2009
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022
Montgomery College Awarded $1.79 Million Grant to Support Nursing Program
Funding from the Maryland Higher Education Commission Will Allow Program to Increase Graduates
Montgomery College will receive nearly $1.8 million over five years from the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Nurse Support Program II (NSP II). This initiative addresses the shortage of nurses in Maryland and works to increase the number of nursing graduates Montgomery College produces.
According to the Maryland Hospital Association and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the nursing shortage in Maryland will continue to worsen unless all schools of nursing in the state double enrollment. Montgomery College is committed to increasing the availability of skilled nursing graduates.
"The timing of this grant opportunity was excellent, since Montgomery College has made a commitment to increase the space for the nursing program and a Maryland Hospital Association grant will pay to equip the new nursing labs,” said Barbara Nubile, associate dean and director of nursing at Montgomery College. “By having NSPII fund additional staffing needs, the Montgomery College nursing program has the opportunity to continue to increase the number of nursing graduates. The nursing program is exceptional due to the diversity of the student population and the high success rates of the graduates."
Montgomery College has greatly expanded its nursing program over the past decade, including moving into a new health sciences building in 2004. To increase the College’s nursing graduates, more nursing facilities are needed within the building and faculty and staff must be added. Renovations will soon start to convert existing rooms into seminar rooms, nursing offices, labs, and classrooms.
The NSP II grant will also create opportunities for 10 additional clinical placements for nursing students at National Naval Medical Center, Providence Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, and George Washington University Hospital. Current major clinical partners are Montgomery General Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Hospital, Doctor’s Hospital, Potomac Ridge, Washington Hospital Center, and Children’s National Medical Center.
The NSP II grant follows a Maryland Hospital Association “Who Will Care?” grant award of $235,000 that will provide equipment for three new nursing laboratories.
For information about Montgomery College’s nursing program, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/nursing.
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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.
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