The nursing schools at four colleges are working together to help nurses that treat breast cancer patients this year.
As controversial media reports about the relationship between Planned Parenthood and Susan G Komen Foundation surface, nursing schools in Maryland are using some of the foundation’s funds to make a difference in the lives of student nurses.
Nursing schools at Bowie State University, Salisbury University, Coppin State University, and the University of Maryland School of Nursing are administering the program to nursing students in the state to teach them better ways of detecting and dealing with breast cancer. Using a grant worth more than $200,000 from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Maryland nursing schools will help to bring greater awareness and refine the skills of nursing students. The grant consists of several components including visiting professors, scholar in-residence, distinguished lectureship, educational outreach, and conferees.
In a news release about the new program, which started last year, Michele Bracken at Salisbury’s nursing school said “This important partnership with Komen will help individuals, families, healthcare providers and communities in dealing with the devastation of this disease.” The nursing school is expected to continue offering breast cancer education to their undergraduate students throughout the 2012 school year. The funds are also being used by Salisbury to take nursing students to an international conference on breast cancer awareness and sciences.
This is the 6th year running that the University of Maryland has been granted funds by the Susan G Komen Foundation for breast cancer related curriculum, as well. UM nursing school announced their intentions to work with Bowie State University, Salisbury University and Coppin State University on their school’s website last year but added that the school will continue to work partnerships with Schools of Social Work and Pharmacy.