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Grant-funded Cumberland externship bolsters geriatric healthcare education
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cumberland University is helping to address a growing need for post-acute care for seniors through its grant-funded Geriatric Nursing Externship program.

A course of Cumberland’s Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, the externship is a new elective clinical practicum designed to provide geriatric educational and clinical experiences with healthcare agencies that provide post-acute care.

The university won a $15,000 grant from The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. to develop and implement the course. Additional support came from the National HealthCare Corporation’s Foundation for Geriatric Education.

Associate Professor Fay McRady, who coordinates Cumberland’s Mt. Juliet Nursing program, believes that the grant will allow Cumberland to expand its reach in healthcare education.

“Being identified as a grant recipient to administer this program demonstrates Cumberland University’s commitment to providing quality healthcare for the growing senior population that will soon reach 70 million in the US,” said McRady. “This initiative will allow us to develop new curriculums and extend our relationships with organizations that provide post-acute care.”

Students Rebecka Macon and Monett Grant recently became the first undergraduates to complete the externship.

Externships are hands-on learning experiences that provide students with critical knowledge of their field and generally require a smaller timeframe than internships.