A large grant fund was recently awarded to a New Jersey nursing school.
The $300,000 grant will be used to incorporate child welfare training into the curriculum at the nursing school.
The Foundation of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) was awarded the grant from the Rosanne H. Silbermann Foundation. The UMDNJ’s nursing school center will utilize the funds to help children in foster care systems in New Jersey through new child welfare courses at the school. The nursing school’s curriculum developers will likely spend a couple of years researching child welfare in order to define and create an appropriate curriculum.
“We are very excited to branch out into the field of child welfare nursing. It is our great hope that the curriculum developed at the UMDNJ-School of Nursing will attract qualified nurses to this important subspecialty. It is also our aspiration that this curriculum becomes the national standard in teaching and attracting nurses to this extremely important field,” said grant spokesman M. Steven Silbermann in a press release.
The nursing school at UMDNJ was created in the early 1990’s and teaches the fundamentals of nursing as well as advanced studies in nursing. The new curriculum will assist nursing students in focusing on the effects of foster care systems on children, including the behavioral, mental, and health problems that can arise from family separation and integrating into new, sometimes multiple, family units.
Foster children are among the underserved population in New Jersey and around the country by most accounts, but these types of programs provide vital resources to foster parents who are trying to take the best care of their charges. Nursing schools do not often specialize in child welfare as part of their standard curriculum, although some interested students find specialty course in this study outside of the nursing schools.