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," she said.

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 (NLNAC).

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.

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