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OCU’s Kramer School of Nursing Wins More Than $1 million in Grants
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing has won three grants totaling more than $1.1 million this summer to build on programs that are propelling the school to the forefront of nursing education. The Inasmuch Foundation awarded the school a $1 million grant for a building expansion that will add 50,000 square feet to the existing 16,000-square-foot facility. “We are pleased to support Oklahoma City University with a grant to the Kramer School of Nursing,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of the Inasmuch Foundation. “By expanding the school’s facilities, this grant enables more students to receive a quality nursing education, which we know will benefit our community. OCU is addressing the nation’s nursing shortage by attracting more men and women to the profession and by preparing a new generation of nursing educators.” SSM Health Care of Oklahoma (St. Anthony Hospital) has awarded a $100,000 grant to OCU’s nursing school for the building addition. OCU has raised $6.2 million toward the proposed $8.5 million addition. Students in OCU’s master’s degree program in nursing will have extra scholarship funds this year thanks to a $24,834 Advanced Nursing Education Traineeship awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will provide awards ranging from $1,000 to $8,800 for new full-time graduate students and part-time students who can graduate by August 2010. Applications will be accepted until July 31. OCU’s graduate nursing programs are designed to reduce the shortage of nursing educators and administrators in America. The Inasmuch Foundation was founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord in 1982 to support charitable, scientific and educational causes that enhance the progress and quality of life for Oklahomans. The foundation is committed to carrying on the interests of its late founder by giving to education, health and human services, cultural organizations, the arts, historic preservation and environmental concerns. SSM Health Care of Oklahoma is a health care network that encompasses SSM Health Care facilities in Oklahoma including St. Anthony Hospital, Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony and Unity Health Center in Shawnee. The Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship is fully funded from federal funds. It is funded in part by the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services.