Viterbo receives $1.64M grant to address nursing shortage for rural America

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Viterbo University was the recipient of a $1.64 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services Nursing Workforce Diversity Program. This unique initiative, Nurses for Underserved Rural Students Seeking Educational Success (NURSES), is designed to address the rural nursing workforce shortage and improve rural health outcomes through an increase in the number and preparedness of nurses from, and willing to serve, rural and disadvantaged populations. Students are supported through numerous activities in the program, including peer mentoring, tutoring, and team-building exercises. Emma Lee, one of the grant recipients, said she applied for the grant because she was inspired by nurses in her rural community and witnessed their involvement in the entire community. As she prepares to be part of the rural nursing workforce Lee said “ Being involved with the HRSA grant has not only given me incredible educational opportunities, it has also helped me grow as a young woman and as a leader. It has also helped me build strong communication skills, a work ethic, and friendships. The sup- port and positivity from everyone involved with the grant is endless, and I am honored to be a part of it. ” Emma Lee, Class of 2021.