Joseph E. Pellegrini, PhD, CRNA, associate professor and director of the nurse anesthesia specialty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, has been awarded funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for a nurse anesthetist traineeship program. HRSA provides UMSON with the grant annually in the amount of $39,741, according to a news release.
The purpose of the trainee program is to produce a more culturally competent and sensitive certified registered nurse anesthetists workforce through proper education. The grant supports the education of nurse anesthesia students who pledge to serve the medically underserved upon graduation. Approximately 30% of all nurse anesthesia programs nationally receive funding through the grant.
Full-time students enrolled in UMSON’s CRNA specialty will have the cost of their tuition, books and fees covered, according to the release. Graduates of the program will be eligible for the nurse anesthesia certification examination.
“The school of nursing has received this grant for the past eight years, which has helped generate approximately $230,000 in support for our students,” Pellegrini said in the release. “This grant is important because it helps offset the significant financial burden undertaken by our students since they cannot work while they are matriculating in the program. It also helps produce CRNAs that are well-prepared to work in a variety of medically underserved areas across the country.”
HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and its programs provide healthcare to people who are geographically isolated, or economically or medically vulnerable.