$625,000 Grant to Fund Three-​​Year Project to Advance Existing Grad­uate Pro­gram and to Help Elim­i­nate Nursing Shortage

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity announced today that Dr. Carol Glod, research director and pro­fessor of nursing, has received a fed­eral trainee­ship grant in the amount of $625,000 from the Health Resources and Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion (HRSA) to expand the university’s child psy­chi­atric nursing pro­gram. Aiming to help elim­i­nate the severe shortage of nurses for under­served pop­u­la­tions, the three-​​year project will pre­pare advanced prac­tice reg­is­tered nurses (APRNs) in child and ado­les­cent psy­chi­atric nursing to pro­vide cul­tur­ally com­pe­tent care to vul­ner­able chil­dren, ado­les­cents and their fam­i­lies with acute and chronic mental illness.

Specif­i­cally, North­eastern will expand its existing grad­uate pro­gram which pre­pares APRNs in the role of both the Child/​Adolescent Psy­chi­atric and Mental Health Clin­ical Nurse Spe­cialist (CAP-​​CNS), and the rel­a­tively new des­ig­na­tion as Family Psy­chi­atric and Mental Health Nurse Prac­ti­tioner (Family-​​PMHNP). The grant will make adding rel­e­vant clin­ical and class­room learning oppor­tu­ni­ties pos­sible and grad­u­ates will be qual­i­fied to work with chil­dren, ado­les­cents and their fam­i­lies dealing with psy­chi­atric and mental health issues.

Among the project’s objec­tives are to recruit, enroll, retain, and grad­uate 30 stu­dents from the child and ado­les­cent and family psy­chi­atric APRN grad­uate pro­gram at Northeastern’s Bouve Col­lege of Health Sci­ences,” says Glod, APRN, PhD, FAAN, who will serve as Project Director. “These stu­dents are com­mitted to prac­ticing in med­ically under­served areas and they will be placed into psy­chi­atric and behav­ioral health set­tings, including com­mu­nity health cen­ters, that serve racially, cul­tur­ally and eth­ni­cally diverse populations.”

According to the HRSA, twelve coun­ties in Mass­a­chu­setts are des­ig­nated as med­ically under­served areas, and nine of the Commonwealth’s coun­ties are deemed health pro­fes­sion shortage areas (HPSAs).

About twenty per­cent of chil­dren and ado­les­cents will suffer from a major mental ill­ness in their life­time, yet there is a severe local and national shortage of qual­i­fied mental health pro­fes­sionals equipped to assess and treat chil­dren and ado­les­cents with psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders,” says Glod. “This grant will allow us to pro­duce a number of well-​​trained pro­fes­sionals who will con­tribute to elim­i­nating this shortage.”

Project objec­tives also include:

· Recruiting, enrolling, retaining, and grad­u­ating 10–15% of stu­dents from the child and ado­les­cent and family psy­chi­atric APRN pro­gram each year from under­rep­re­sented minority groups

· Expanding formal, sched­uled oppor­tu­ni­ties for sec­ondary stu­dents from North­eastern University’s Health Careers Academy to expose minority stu­dents to nursing and other health pro­fes­sions as poten­tial career options

For more infor­ma­tion on the project, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.