UST Receives the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Nursing Innovation Grant Program Award
University of St. Thomas has received a two-year, $89,042 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Nursing Innovation Grant Program (NIGP), Supporting Clinical Learning Experiences to Mitigate Impediments due to COVID-19.
UST's Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing (PSON) baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. St. Thomas, a predominately undergraduate university, is designated as a Hispanic-Serving and Asian-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. UST is located two miles from the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical complex in the world.
What the Grant will Support
- This award funding will support the goal of enhancing the capacity of PSON faculty to utilize virtual and high fidelity simulation to help traditional BSN students achieve required clinical competencies and meet clinical objectives.
- The grant award will support the creation and implementation of faculty development plans and provide teaching assistantships for MSN students in the Healthcare and Nursing Simulation tracks to allow for expanded simulation support for faculty and students.
Dr. Kristina Leyden will serve as the project director and Dr. Karen O’Brien will serve as co-director.
“We are honored to receive this first-time funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Nursing Innovation Grant Program. UST is able to create high-demand, quality programs that meet regional and national labor force needs, moving programs from idea to implementation quickly, a result of UST’s smaller size and strategic commitment to innovation.”
The University of St. Thomas is Houston’s Catholic University. For more than 70 years, UST has graduated students into successful careers in medicine, education, business, public administration and more. As Houston grows, UST will continue to provide the strong leaders and skilled workers needed to meet those demands.