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State Sends Funds to MSMU for Nursing Programs

Feb. 27, 2008 -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger awarded $84,000 in February to Mount Saint Mary’s University for its nurse training programs as part of a multimillion-dollar effort to increase California's health care workforce. Mount St. Mary's is using the funds to hire an additional full-time nursing faculty member.

The funds were distributed to 18 colleges and universities through the Song-Brown program, which is administered by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. This is the latest in a string of Song-Brown funding to Mount St. Mary's. The program previously funded $240,000 for expansion of the College's Master of Science in Nursing program, and another $30,000 for the clinical nurse instructor program.

"Mount Saint Mary’s University is committed to preparing nurses who have both the skills and the compassion to be exceptional professionals," said MSMU President Jacqueline Powers Doud. Most of the Mount's nursing graduates return to their own neighborhoods—areas that need well trained and qualified nurses—to pursue their professional careers. "We're very proud that 95 percent of all of our nursing graduates stay in Southern California," Doud said. "We have more than 3,000 alumnae employed in health care in the greater Los Angeles area."

Mount St. Mary's offers five nursing programs: the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN); the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); the accelerated BSN; the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); and the ADN-MSN Bridge program (to start in fall 2008).

Since Schwarzenegger took office in 2003, the Song-Brown program has awarded almost $29 million to health professions through education and training programs statewide.

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