$350,000 Grant Given to Brandman University School of Nursing

A $350,000 grant was given to Brandman University School of Nursing by a private foundation under the name of Fletcher Jones Foundation. This is the first time that Fletcher Jones Foundation has tapped this college due to its unique mode of educational instruction in the field of Nursing and other Health Professions. The foundation was founded by Fletcher Jones in 1969 and much of the funding was from the personal accounts of the founder. His unexpected death in 1972 has paved the way for the foundation to be able to reach private colleges and universities all over California. Such philanthropic act is rare now days as America is facing crisis in different ends, however there will always be kind hearted group of individuals to relive the spirit of giving.

The $350,000 grant was intended for scholarships for nursing students to be able to tackle advanced studies as well as better technology in learning nursing. According to the present dean of the school of nursing and health professions Renee McLeod, the barrier for student nurses in attaining the education and skills that they need is more of financial aspects. The student nurses could not leave their present jobs in support for their tuition fees and other school expenses. With the huge amount of grant, they will be able to continue advanced nursing courses without shedding more dollars from their earnings.

The Brandman University School of Nursing is one of leading colleges in California that offers programs such as Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master’s in Health Administration and Health Risk and Crisis Communication. A doctoral degree in nursing (Doctor of Nursing) was designed in such a way to cover nursing areas such as neonatal care and pediatric care, adult geriatric primary and acute care and mental health. The internship for clinical practice being offered inside the DNP program is first of its own since it adjusts to the available time of a working student nurse. They can still continue their courses under the DNP program without losing their current jobs.

The mode of instruction in Brandman University School of Nursing is very flexible and suitable for student nurses who have day jobs for instance, they can opt to go online for specific modular lessons. Practical skills are being harnessed using simulations of the true hospital scene as well as the hospital exposures that are numbered according to the needs of the students.

The external support from Fletcher Jones Foundation has paved the way for Brandman University School of Nursing to comply with the increase demand of nurses in the advanced nursing program. The Institute of Medicine have encourage to double the number of nurses with advanced skills by 2020 as well as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing have emphasized the importance of taking up DNP program as an initial step in advanced nursing practice. The target year is 2015 to take the full effect among colleges and schools of nursing.


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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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