USF Receives $1.3 Million Gift for New Nursing Program
Nov. 30, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The University of San Francisco School of Nursing received a $1.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to create a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) degree program. The new Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will prepare nurses for leadership positions in acute health care settings. USF is one of a number of pilot sites for the CNL program approved by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
The Clinical Nurse Leader degree program will include coursework in interdisciplinary team care, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, resource management, and utilization of informatics. The accelerated 18-month MSN is designed for students who already have a BS/BA degree in a field other than nursing. The program will begin in summer 2005 and will admit 30 students per year.
The USF School of Nursing was established in 1954 thanks to the active participation of St. Mary's Hospital and the Sisters of Mercy, who strongly believed in university education for nurses. The Jesuits have continued the work started by the Sisters of Mercy, instilling to their students the USF values, "educating minds and hearts to change the world."
For more information call Marjorie Barter, Professor and Chair of the USF Nursing Graduate Department and Director of the Clinical Nurse Leader program, at (415) 422- 6792.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation launched the Betty Irene Moore Nursing initiative in November 2003, with the goal of improving nursing-related patient outcomes in acute care hospitals. The initiative is focused in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. Funding strategies include increasing the quantity of registered nurses (RNs), improving clinical skills effectiveness, and promoting best practices for nursing care in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Foundation was established in September 2000 to create positive outcomes for future generations. The Foundation funds outcome-based grants and initiatives to achieve significant and measurable results. Grantmaking supports the Foundation's principal areas of interest: global environmental conservation, science, and the San Francisco Bay Area.###