Posted by William Nunnelley on 2009-05-26

Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing has received $65,680 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for advanced nurse training programs.

The Samford nursing school received $43,162 to fund traineeships in its master of science in nursing and doctor of nursing practice programs, and $22,518 for traineeships in the nurse anesthesia program.

"One of the critical aspects of the national nurse shortage is in the area of practitioners with graduate degrees," said nursing school Dean Nena F. Sanders. "These funds will assist the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing as it continues to train nurses at these levels."

Earlier, Samford's nursing school also received $165,729 from the Nurse Faculty Loan Grant program that provides money to train graduate students to serve as faculty in nursing programs. This is another area in which the nursing profession faces national shortages, Dean Sanders noted.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.