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Grant Encourages Rural RNs to Continue Schooling

The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., was recently awarded a $1.33 million federal grant to provide graduate education to 56 nursing students during the next five years. The grant, awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, is meant to help RNs earn a graduate level nursing education in two years, to support work in rural areas where more primary care is needed. The grant helps RNs with financial barriers further their education and encourages nurses already in rural settings to go back to school.

Rasmussen Launches Online RN-to-BSN Program

The Rasmussen College School of Nursing has launched an online RN-to-BSN degree in nursing program. The program features interactive learning taught by seasoned nurse educators with diverse experiences to offer students. Dean of Online Nursing Leila McKinney, RN, BSN, MSN, DNP, said, “As the nursing field continues to grow, so will the opportunities for a nurse with a four-year degree, and the Rasmussen College program combines the sound academic qualities of a Rasmussen education and the outstanding nursing program that we are known for.” For information, visit

UW Oshkosh Celebrates 40 Years of Nursing

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Nursing’s 40 years of success and its recent re-accreditation from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing were recognized at a special presentation and reception Oct. 22. At the event, Col. Carolyn Jolitz (BSN ’84 and MSN ’94) was presented with the 2010 UW Oshkosh Distinguished Alumni Awards. Jolitz serves as deputy commander for nursing services at the Army Medical Activity in Fort Knox, Ky. “Col. Jolitz exemplifies everything our mission and vision stands for,” said Rosemary Smith, RN, APNP, PhD, dean of CON. “She’s a devoted, caring and scholarly leader who impacts the lives of others daily.”

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$14M Center to Boost Number of Nebraska RNs

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing opened a new building in Omaha that aims to help alleviate Nebraska’s nursing shortage. The $14 million Center for Nursing Science will keep the college from having to turn away hundreds of qualified nursing students each year, according to a news release. Students will begin classes in the new center in January. A projected shortage of 3,800 RNs in Nebraska is expected by 2020 — with rural areas hit the hardest.

Kansas City Professor Inducted as AAN Fellow

Carol Smith, RN, PhD, professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as one of the 2010 fellows. “Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Karen L. Miller, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the KU School of Nursing and senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. “Smith is very deserving of this distinction.” For the full list of fellows, visit

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