NNU is the recipient of $200,000 for nursing education equipment from the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L.111-117) that was recently enacted. This funding is the latest instance of the longstanding support shown to NNU by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.
“It is a great investment for students and everyone who uses our healthcare system. I am pleased we were successful in getting it included in the appropriations act,” Senator Risch said.
According to the University’s Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Dr. Pat Kissell, these funds provide for additional simulation and technology that enhance the two new skills labs in the Thomas Family Health & Science Center.
President Dr. David Alexander commented, “I am delighted that Senators Crapo and Risch have supported this worthy initiative, and very much appreciate their ongoing support of this institution. A central tenet of NNU’s mission has been to motivate our students toward ‘creative engagement,’ and there is no better opportunity to meet this mandate than through a vibrant, rigorous nursing program that will serve our community for generations to come.”
Both senators have been ongoing supporters of NNU and the quest to provide first-class education for students entering the healthcare fields. Upon final enactment of this funding, Idaho senior Senator Crapo affirmed NNU for stepping up to address a critical health-care issue—the expected nursing shortage—that is well documented and is expected to worsen since 70% of Idaho’s nurses will retire in the coming decade. This type of federal funding benefits not only the state of Idaho, but also anywhere NNU graduates choose to be employed.