The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing


New Grant Awards Received Summer 2014

Judith Karshmer

karshmer_judithDr. Judith Karshmer, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP), along with the Veterans’ Affairs of Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS), has been awarded a five-year federal grant funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs. The grant will enable SONHP to provide priority admission to veterans who are clinically ready to begin an undergraduate BSN program. The VA Nursing Academic Partnership will provide a sustained flow of baccalaureate-prepared nurses at all 11 sites within VANCHCS. Dean Karshmer expects that 20 students will be admitted in fall 2014 and 20 students each fall for the next four years. SONHP will receive $232,000 to support 2.5 faculty positions this year. Funding will increase to support five faculty positions in the subsequent four years. wanda_borges

Wanda Borges and
 Mary Kate Wood

Dr. Wanda Borges, Associate Dean, and Dr. Mary Kate Wood, Assistant Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions, have received a Nursing Faculty Loan Program award of $209,972 from the mary_kate_woodHealth Resources and Services Administration. The award will support 20 scholarships in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Recently, USF's DNP program was ranked first among non-HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) for having an excellent program in place for minority students. SONHP expects that these scholarships will enable them to recruit underrepresented students for the doctorate.

Jessie Jones-Bell

Jessie Jones-Bell, Adjunct Faculty and Program Coordinator for the RN Transition to Practice Program, has received a generous grant award of $99,992,00 from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Fund for Health Education. This has been the fourth award from Kaiser funding to support the New RN Transition to Practice Program in Community Settings. The grant will support two cohorts of New Graduate RNs interested in developing their professional role as a new RN in community based settings.


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