Large grants are being awarded to nursing schools in a growing trend that shows confidence in the field of medicine that may have been missing in the past.
The ADA gave the nursing school $750,000 in grant funds to continue down a path they believe will help more teens with Type 1 Diabetes learn much needed coping skills.
The nursing school at Yale is already administering an online program called “TeenCope”, which helps teenagers simulate some of the life situations that they may have to deal with while having diabetes. The grant from the ADA will be used to help expand and continue the research and work that goes into such a program, allowing them to explore the idea of making TeenCope a social network for teens with the disease.
According to the report by the Yale Daily News, professor of nursing at the school Robin Whittemore said the site “helps teens not to feel so alone and to know that there are other teens out there that are feeling the same way and are dealing with the same things.”
The school was awarded another $1 million last year by the National Institutes of Health to also help with diabetes research and other issues relating to teenagers at risk of developing the disease. Professor Whittemore and Dean at the nursing school, Margaret Grey, spearheaded this cause at the school.
As time passes, more nursing schools are taking an active role in a research occupation that was previously filled by medical schools and scientific institutions. Other schools receiving large grants from these and other organizations include big names in the industry like UCLA and John Hopkins.