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College of Notre Dame Selected for $80K “Project RN” Grant From the CareFirst Foundation

February 8, 2011

College of Notre Dame of Maryland has been awarded a Project RN grant from the CareFirst Foundation to attract more nursing professionals into the classroom as educators. The grant of $80,000 will support practicing nurses pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, in exchange for a commitment to teach nursing classes for a minimum of three years. 

“For more than 30 years, College of Notre Dame of Maryland nurses have served our community with excellence, embodying our founding values of service and civic engagement,” said Mary Pat Seurkamp, president of College of Notre Dame. “Project RN will provide highly qualified graduate students the opportunity to inspire the next generation of nurses with a commitment to compassionate and professional care.”

Project RN responds to the need for additional college-level instructors to train the thousands of nurses that will be needed over the next decade. In Maryland, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation projects a shortfall of 12,300 nurses by 2015. By 2018 more than 1 million new nurses will be needed in the U.S., due to needs-based growth and replacement of current nurses. The anticipated nationwide shortfall is more than 27 percent by 2015 and 36 percent by 2020 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2004). 

Since 1979, Notre Dame has been preparing women and men for careers in health care through the registered nurse (RN) to BSN program, and later the RN to MSN and MSN programs, in the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies. In fall 2011, the School of Nursing expands its educational offerings with the launch of a four-year undergraduate BSN program through the Women’s College.

Notre Dame offers two MSN concentrations: Leadership in Nursing Education and Leadership in Nursing Administration. Small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio benefit individual students through engaging and challenging class discussions, hands-on experiences and faculty mentoring. The School of Nursing offers clinical learning at 15 partner hospitals, as well as a global experience through the College’s Study Abroad program. Nurses in the CareFirst service area (Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia) who would like to learn more about Project RN may contact Nursing Department program manager Melissa King at mking4@ndm.edu.

College of Notre Dame of Maryland is recognized for its commitment to a liberal arts education, including strong teacher preparation and nursing degree programs and small class sizes. The Women’s College, the first Catholic college for women in the United States to award the four-year baccalaureate degree, offers 29 majors. Notre Dame was named to the “Great Schools, Great Prices” listing in America’s Best Colleges 2010. In fall 2009 the College welcomed its inaugural class of highly-qualified women and men to the School of Pharmacy. The College for Adult Undergraduate Studies offers part-time programs for working women and men. Graduate Studies in education, nursing, management, communication and liberal studies provide students with a focused contemporary curriculum. Visit ndm.edu for more information.