California State University Stanislaus is the recent recipient of a monetary gift that will benefit students of its family nurse practitioner master’s degree program.
Livingston Community Health gifted $1.6 million to the school to establish the FNP master’s degree program on the Turlock campus. The funding will be used to provide tuition assistance to students of the program, and for mentoring initiatives.
“We could not be more grateful for this transformational gift, which will significantly enhance the Stanislaus State School of Nursing,” said Ellen Junn, president of CSUS. “Our university is here for the purpose of preparing our region’s workforce, and there is a great need for nurse practitioners in the Central Valley.”
The university reports that 24 students are already enrolled in the program and working toward their FNP master’s degrees. Up to 30 students will be able to be enrolled in future programs.
The problem of a shortage of physicians in the Central Valley will be alleviated by an increase in FNPs, who can provide much needed care.
“We know that a very large percentage of our graduates settle in the area,” said Debra Tavernier, director of the Stanislaus State School of Nursing. “With the need for medical professionals so great, we’re excited to be in a position to continue to train the next generation of nurse practitioners in our region.”