The Anderson University School of Nursing was awarded a grant of $26,500 from the Ball Foundation Venture Fund earmarked for the creation of a new dual degree program for the summer of 2004. At the completion of the program, students will possess two degrees—a Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration. The dual degree program will be only the second such program of its kind available in the State of Indiana. The purpose of the new dual degree program will be to improve the quality of health care in central Indiana by providing graduate education that will prepare nurse administrators to lead increasingly complex health care organizations.
“The program will allow students to speak both the languages of nursing and business,” states Paula Boley, program director and associate professor of Nursing. “This knowledge and understanding will better equip individuals for complex leadership roles within healthcare.”
In addition, the program is designed to help increase the number of competent practitioners in Indiana. Information from the Health Resources and Service Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, and National Center for Health Workforce Analysis indicates that there will be a 12 percent nursing shortage nationally by the year 2010 and a 29 percent nursing shortage by the year 2020. According to the Indiana Nursing Workforce Development, Indiana falls below the national average with 761 RNs per 100,000 population, and below the East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) average of 831 RNs per 100,000 population. The program at AU will help address the causes of the nurse shortage in Indiana and will discover new and innovative methods of recruiting and retaining young people in nursing.
Funding for the MSN/MBA degree program through the AU School of Nursing will be used to assist faculty in designing curriculum, improving faculty expertise, hiring professionals for curriculum development, marketing, and health industry consultation. Students interested in the MSN/MBA program will be admitted annually during the summer term beginning the summer of 2004. For more information, contact Ms. Paula Boley, associate professor of Nursing at Anderson University by calling 1-866-575-7148 or sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Web site for the Anderson University School of Nursing can be accessed through www.anderson.edu/nursing.
The Ball Foundation Venture Fund was created in 1999 to enable the Ball Brothers Foundation to take and active role in encouraging and supporting creative efforts at Indiana’s independent colleges and universities. The fund, administered through the Independent Colleges of Indiana Foundation (ICIF), provides seed money for innovative start-up programs and ICIF member institutions. Grantees are selected through a competitive proposal process.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, nursing, education and theology.