Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- March 04, 2002
Cal State L.A. School of Nursing Expands Nursing Baccalaureate Program Through a Gift From Kaiser Permanente
Gift will support a cohort of ten BSN candidates for two years,
beginning spring 2002
California State University, Los Angeles has announced that it has received
a gift of $59,500 from Kaiser Permanente to its School of Nursing. The
funding provides for the education of a "cohort" of 10 nursing
students over two years of the four-year Bachelor of Science Nursing program.
The gift is part of a larger Kaiser Permanente donation to 14 California
college-based nursing programs for direct faculty support beginning in
the spring quarter, 2002.
"The recent expansion of Cal State L.A.'s nursing program and the
corresponding change from department to School is due to the efforts of
a committed and involved faculty, whose vision for professional nursing
is to increase the numbers of baccalaureate and advanced practice nurses
we can produce over the next five years," said Judith Papenhausen,
director of the Cal State L.A. School of Nursing. "We are grateful
to Kaiser Permanente for recognizing our University's proven capability
to prepare and graduate well-educated nurses in this time of nursing shortage,"
According to Kaiser Permanente, this nearly $500,000 donation to Northern
and Southern California nursing programs is one of several educational
initiatives demonstrating its significant annual investment in nurse training.
That investment is currently $2.6 million now and is expected to reach
$4 million by the end of 2002. "By providing funding for more teachers,
Kaiser Permanente is really taking the long view, putting into action
its commitment to improving the health of the community," said Marilyn
Chow, Kaiser Permanente's vice president of Patient Care Services.
The Cal State L.A. nursing programs have been in existence within a department
since the late 1960s and have been a unit in Cal State L.A.'s College
of Health and Human Services since its inception in 1984. The University's
School of Nursing has approximately 200 pre-nursing majors, slightly more
than 200 undergraduate nursing students, more than 100 graduate students
and 24 full-time faculty. Programs in nursing at Cal State L.A. are approved
by the California Board of Registered Nursing and were recently reaccredited
for eight years by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Since 2000, when it began surveying nursing graduate programs, U.S. News
and World Report "Best Colleges" issue has listed Cal State
L.A.'s nursing graduate program among the top five programs in California
and the highest-ranked such program in the CSU system. Director of the
School of Nursing Judith Papenhausen has been leading the University's
nursing programs for the past six years and oversaw the recent change
from department to School status. She has been on the University's nursing
faculty since 1972. Professor Papenhausen received her B.S. and M.S. in
nursing, both with high honors, from Cal State L.A., completed predoctoral
work at USC and received her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin.
She is the president of the California Association of Colleges of Nursing.