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Murray Announces Grants to Help Address Nursing Shortage

Jun 05 2002

Over $213,000 will support nursing programs at Washington Universities

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a total of $213,300 in federal grants for nursing programs across Washington state. The funds, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be distributed among four Washington state universities.

Nursing programs at Pacific Lutheran University, Gonzaga University, Seattle Pacific University and Washington State University will use the funds to recruit qualified nurses and increase the quality of care across the state.

"I am pleased to announce these grants to help address the nursing shortage in Washington state," Senator Murray said. "These awards will help our universities attract and train bright new students for their nursing programs and improve the overall quality of care across our state."

These awards are part of a series of HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants totaling more than $30 million and dedicated to increasing the number of qualified nurses and the quality of nursing services across the country.

As a member of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Murray supports grant programs and other efforts to make it easier for students to pursue rewarding careers in nursing.

The following Washington state universities will receive HHS awards:

  • Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma $29,391

  • Gonzaga University, Spokane $89,180

  • Washington State University, Pullman $67,387

  • Seattle Pacific University, Seattle $27,342