TLU Receives $50,000 Grant From RGK Foundation

April 22, 2016

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Texas Lutheran University recently received a grant from the RGK Foundation totaling approximately $50,000. Awarded on behalf of the approved grant proposal, “Creating a 21st Century Healthcare Workforce in Maternal-Child Nursing for Rural South Central Texas Through Simulation,” the funding will help TLU’s nursing program achieve several goals.

The grant will allow TLU nursing faculty to focus more class time on simulated lab experiences involving high-risk situations in maternal-child nursing—a framework of health care provided for child-bearing women and their families in areas like labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum. The grant will also supply additional equipment, including mannequins that simulate the birthing process, as well as help increase the number of faculty trained in this type of curriculum.

In 2014, TLU launched its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to help address the statewide and national need for qualified nurses.

“The BSN program is consistent with TLU’s mission of preparing students for lives of leadership and service, and building on a long history of strong programs in the natural sciences that have prepared our graduates for success in the health professions,” TLU Director of Nursing Kathie Aduddell said. “Support from organizations like the RGK Foundation allows us to continue offering a quality educational experience to nursing students as they practice skills and clinical scenarios comparable to what they will encounter with patients in real-world settings.”

About RGK Foundation

RGK Foundation is an independent foundation established in 1966 by Ronya and George Kozmetsky. For many years, the foundation's primary focus was medical and educational research without geographic restriction. Programmatic areas of interest have broadened over the years to include education, community, and health/medicine. The foundation's interests within health/medicine are programs that promote the health and well being of children and families, programs that promote access to health services, and, on a more limited basis, medical research programs. Since 1966, it has awarded more than 3,200 grants exceeding $119 million.

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