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Mount receives $100,000 for Nursing program

 Nursing studentsMount Saint Mary College will receive a $100,000 federal grant for nursing laboratory equipment, thanks to the assistance of U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer.

"With New York in the midst of a nursing shortage, this project will provide Mount Saint Mary College with the equipment, facilities and training to produce more first-rate nurses," said Schumer. "Access to these resources will produce better quality nurses and will result in better patient care for the entire Hudson Valley region."

The Mount's reputation for the quality of its nursing, teacher education, and science programs has resulted in increased enrollments. "This presents a unique opportunity for the college to respond to pressing local, regional and national needs for highly skilled professional nurses," Schumer said.

"We are grateful to Sen. Schumer for his efforts in securing this grant for our quality nursing education program," said Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of the college.

With the only four-year nursing degree program in the mid-Hudson region, Mount Saint Mary College has created a nursing wing in Aquinas Hall, expanding and upgrading nursing skills, physical assessment and simulation laboratories.

The college also dedicated the adjacent Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center, providing new science laboratories that are critical to nursing education.

"We are pleased to receive this federal grant and we appreciate Sen. Schumer's efforts on our behalf," said Debra Hrelic, chair of The Mount's Division of Nursing. "The grant will help us to continue to provide quality nursing education to more nurses and positively respond to the nursing shortage."

The Mount offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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