Delores Lawson, associate professor and coordinator of undergraduate programs at the Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Nursing, has, with the help of Ruena Norman associate professor in the School of Nursing, secured the $150,000 SUCCEED grant for a second year.
Last year’s grant, totaling $300,000, was secured by Norman and had a significant positive impact on the School of Nursing undergraduate program. According to Lawson, the grant will help to expand the nursing program at FAMU and address the need for Florida to produce more minority nurses.
“With SUCCEED project funds, the School of Nursing is able to admit 20 additional undergraduate students without negatively impacting the current program, through the use of clinical simulations, web-enhanced instructional delivery and a comprehensive multifaceted retention/remediation program,” Lawson said. “The project will assist to produce more baccalaureate prepared registered nurses.”
An initiative sponsored by the Florida Department of Education, the SUCCEED grant has a primary purpose to increase the capacity of undergraduate programs at public and private postsecondary educational institutions in order to produce more nurses to enter the workforce in Florida.
According to Lawson, national projections predict a need for more than 1.2 million new and replacement registered nurses within the next six years.
“The need to increase the workforce in Florida is acute and poses a direct threat to the quality of services provided in its medical or healthcare systems.” said Lawson.