The College of St. Scholastica received a major boost Friday from the US Government to help address a nursing workforce shortage.
The US Department of Health awarded the college $2.76 million for the college’s Rural Registered Nurses in Primary Care Project.
The project gives nursing students a chance to gain skills in primary care through training, simulations and real-world clinical experience.
Essentia Health regularly reports numerous unfilled positions in primary care throughout its service area.
At the end of the day the real winners of the grant will not be Essentia Health or the college of St. Scholastica, but the patients in the communities that we’re privileged to serve," said Doctor David Herman, Essentia Health CEO.
St. Scholastica is the only recipient of the grant in Minnesota.
It’s the largest grant in the college’s 107-year history.