WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Two years after the first grant of $1.6 million, Midwestern State University Nursing was able to expand into a new facility.
Just in time for Christmas, they have been awarded another Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant for $2.7 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
This grant will help to support the next phase of MSU Texas’ plans to serve those in our communities whose health needs currently go unmet.
Assistant Professor of Nursing at MSU Texas, Catherine Pankonien said, “many times, small towns are not prepared to treat mental health issues. That’s not an easy condition to train for; and with the rising opioid crisis, we have to train students to deal with those issues.”
This next phase involves implementing the Medically Underserved Specialization Training for Advanced Nursing Graduate Students or the MUSTANGS program.
The program holds a strong focus on providing the care that is overlooked by allowing clinical training experiences in those niche fields.
Brent Wetendorf, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at MSU Texas said, “Patients who live in remote locations, or who are homebound or just can’t take off time from work, can access care virtually; video conferencing, smartphone apps, and online management systems connect more patients with providers than ever before.”
Many in the community don’t have access to healthcare that is both affordable and helpful, but programs like MUSTANGS are paving a new path in healthcare education.
“This will transform the clinical experiences for our family nurse practitioner students, and provide valuable medical service where it’s needed most,” Pankonien said.
For more information about ANEW grants you can visit the Health and Resources Services Administration website.
For more information about MSU Texas Nursing, you can visit their website as well or call 940-397-4060.