MARQUETTE--NMU's College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences has received a $500,000 federal grant. The award will be used over the next two years to support the extension of the Advanced Practice Nurse in Family Health Care graduate nursing

program to the western and southern U.P.

The APN program is now taught on the NMU campus, as well as distant sites in the eastern U.P. and the northern Lower Peninsula.

Julie Anderson Schorr, director of the program, wrote the grant request to secure the funding for the extension. She was also instrumental - along with colleague Mary Wallace - in writing the first federal grant request that implemented the APN program in 1994.

This recent award comes from the Bureau of Health Professions Advanced Nurse Education Program. When combined with the initial start-up grant, the College of Nursing will eventually receive more than $1 million in federal funds to support the education of family nurse practitioners. Betty Hill, dean of the college, says these people deliver primary health care in rural medically under-served areas throughout the U.P. and beyond.

To date, Northern's APN program has produced 16 graduates. They are employed by such entities as Bay Mills Indian Community, Manistique Rural Health Clinic, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Marquette Medical Clinics in Iron River and Kingsford, and in collaborative practice in various primary care settings.

For information about enrolling in the program, call (906) 227-2499.

Editor's Note: Schorr is the daughter of Robert E. and Phyllis Anderson of Marquette.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director