Independence Blue Cross Foundation Awards Immaculata University Grant for Nursing Scholarships

Through a grant from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Immaculata University is offering more than $38,000 in scholarships to be distributed among graduate students in the nurse educators´ track and undergraduate nursing students in the pre-licensure program. These competitive scholarships are available for current students for the spring and summer 2012 semesters.

In view of the present shortage of nurses and nurse educators, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation´s Nurses for Tomorrow initiative makes grants available to highly qualified educational institutions to fund nursing scholarships. Recognizing the valuable contribution that Immaculata´s programs make to the nursing profession, the Foundation offered the University a grant to help improve student recruitment, expand enrollment, promote retention, and increase graduation rates.

“Students and faculty at Immaculata University are most grateful to Independence Blue Cross for their ongoing generosity and support of nursing education,” said Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., president of Immaculata University.

The Division of Nursing at Immaculata, whose 10-year accreditation was recently renewed by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), is one of the largest nursing programs in Pennsylvania. Seventeen full-time faculty, along with lab assistants and part-time faculty, serve more than 190 pre-licensure students and more than 80 graduate students.

In June 2011, the Division received the Excellence in Holistic Nursing Education Award from the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). Through various courses, lessons on complementary medicine, clinical experiences, and research opportunities, the Division teaches nursing students to practice holistic patient care.

Immaculata´s pre-licensure B.S.N. prepares students academically, socially, and spiritually to practice within today´s complex health care systems. The nurse educators´ track of the M.S.N. program prepares graduates to teach nursing in a college setting, to provide health care counseling to patients, and to function in a staff development role, educating nurses on new procedures or assisting recent graduates in the transition from student to registered nurse.

Immaculata University is a residential, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.

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