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Health Science Center, Incarnate Word receive nurse training grants
(10-15-02)

Almost a third of a million dollars is coming to San Antonio to expand the region's nurse workforce, thanks to grants announced Oct. 14 in a presentation at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) School of Nursing.

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center, welcomed Elizabeth M. Duke, Ph.D., administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Dr. Duke presented a $179,791 nursing workforce diversity grant to the UTHSCSA School of Nursing and a $142,681 basic nurse education grant to The University of The Incarnate Word.

"Today's focus on nursing cannot come at a more appropriate time," Dr. Cigarroa said. "As a practicing surgeon involved in organ transplants, I know we could not do what we do without excellent nurses as members of the team. These grants ensure more nurses will be available for tomorrow. We want to be absolutely sure that there are enough nurses to care for our loved ones in the future."

The U.S. nursing shortage is estimated at 6 percent. "We know the work you're doing is absolutely precious to this nation," Dr. Duke said. "Every one of us has needed or will need a nurse during our lifetime. We are an aging nation — we will require more and more nurses at a time when our pipeline is not keeping pace. HRSA is trying to find ways to help you provide a better-trained, more-diverse nurse workforce."

Principal investigators on the UTHSCSA grant are Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., RN, professor of family nursing care, and Brenda Jackson, Ph.D., RN, associate dean for undergraduate students.

Contact: Will Sansom or Natalie Gutierrez