Loyola University receives grant to fund new nursing programThe nursing school at Loyola received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop the institution's new career track within the doctor of nursing practice program.

The new curriculum, which is called Healthcare Quality Using Education in Safety and Technology (H-QUEST) allows students to select a focus within the nursing field, such as outcome management, quality, safety or healthcare infromatics. The DNP programs are designed to prepare students for jobs at the highest levels of nursing practice, college officials said.

Students will participate in online coursework and on-campus immersion experiences, including clinical work within the school's hospital, college officials say.

“Graduates of the program will be well-positioned for roles that require multidisciplinary collaboration, critical analysis of systems and outcomes and the creation of key improvements in healthcare delivery,” said Ida Androwich, the project director at the university.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2008, average salaries for professionals in the nursing field ranged between $43,410 and $92,240 annually.

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