The goals of this project were to increase the number of registered nurses available for employment in Texas. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded TWU $330,000 to implement this new program. Twenty students were admitted in May 2008 and completed the Weekend/Online Nursing Program May 2010. The program was further expanded when TWU received a $744,422 Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) grant to expand the program over three years from 7/1/2010 through 6/30/2013. A one-year extension was given so that the program ended June 30, 2014. There were a total of 77 graduates from the program and currently 31 new students are beginning the program September (fall) 2014. The program is now funded by Texas Woman's University (TWU).
This project offers three unique purposes for the future of nursing education:
Create and implement an innovative model for undergraduate nursing education through distance education and weekend scheduling to increase nursing school enrollment with emphasis on recruitment of racial and ethnic minority students and students from underserved areas.
Develop partnerships between a nursing program and health care organizations that would provide nursing students opportunities to serve vulnerable underserved populations in the clinical setting.
Provide didactic nursing courses 100% online and schedule clinical experiences on weekends to extend educational opportunities for disadvantaged, unemployed, and underemployed citizens to achieve a baccalaureate nursing degree.
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