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$10 million gift to U of M aimed at transforming health care delivery through nursing

The $10 million gift will provide scholarships for approximately 50 additional DNP students per year for 10 years.

Together a Minnesota-based foundation and the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing are stepping up to address an acute shortage of primary care providers, rising health care costs and the rapidly growing needs of an aging population by committing to educate an additional 500 advanced practice nurses over the next 10 years.

The visionary $10 million gift announced today by the Bentson Foundation is designated for scholarships for new students in the School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The gift will infuse the region with more doctorally-prepared nurses in family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics, midwifery, nurse anesthesia and other fields.

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U of M and Minneapolis VA awarded $5.3 million to educate more nurses

The expansion of the nursing program will provide students with more education and experience working with the healthcare needs of veterans and their families, too.

The partnership will yield 100 additional bachelor’s degree-prepared nurses over five years.

This fall, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing will admit its largest class of undergraduate nursing students in history, with 148 sophomores entering its bachelor’s degree program – 20 more than in any previous year. This expansion is possible due to a $5.3 million competitive award from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to the Minneapolis VA Health Care System announced this month.

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Nurse-midwives: then and now

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing’s nurse-midwife degree program, Melissa Avery, Ph.D., C.N.M., R.N., director of the midwifery specialty, reflected on how nurse-midwifery has changed.

Midwives have been attending births for thousands of years.

“But in the United States in the early 1900s, as the field of medicine became more formalized and specialized, birth started moving to hospitals,” said Avery. Midwives began to play a lesser roll.

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