NORMAL, Ill. — Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing was awarded one of the largest grants the college has ever received this week.
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration is giving the college $2.8 million to expand its Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program.
The grant will give students the opportunity to travel and care for people in rural and underserved communities. Leaders say this will give them the experience they need to feel more prepared to enter the workforce.
“In rural areas and in what we call underserved areas, people just don’t have access to healthcare,” said ISU Media Relations Spokeswoman, Rachel Hatch. “(This grant will) …get them to see the populations, to meet the people and to know what it’s like to work in those areas. It, not only prepares them to be better nurse practitioners, but also, gives them ideas and opportunities of how to build on that.”
The Nursing School will also use some of the money to teach students how to treat those with mental disorders and opioid addiction.