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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.