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APSU School of Nursing receives AT&T Foundation grant

Austin Peay State UniversityWith the help of a $10,000 Communication Foundation Grant from AT&T, the School of Nursing at Austin Peay State University will develop an intervention program for upper-level nursing students pursuing their bachelor’s degrees.

Lanie Johnson, regional director of external affairs at AT&T, presented the grant during a reception held July 21st at APSU.

(from left) Dr. Patty Orr, assistant professor of nursing and the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence; Dr. Tristan Denley, provost and vice president of academic affairs; state Sen Tim Barnes, D-Adams; Dr. Chita Farrar, professor of nursing; Lanie Johnson, regional director of external affairs at AT&T; Tim Hall, APSU president; state Rep. Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville; Richard Jackson, vice president of legal and strategic affairs; and Dr. Sherryl Byrd, vice president of student affairs. (Photo by Melony Shemberger, APSU Public Relations and Marketing)
(from left) Dr. Patty Orr, assistant professor of nursing and the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence; Dr. Tristan Denley, provost and vice president of academic affairs; state Sen Tim Barnes, D-Adams; Dr. Chita Farrar, professor of nursing; Lanie Johnson, regional director of external affairs at AT&T; Tim Hall, APSU president; state Rep. Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville; Richard Jackson, vice president of legal and strategic affairs; and Dr. Sherryl Byrd, vice president of student affairs. (Photo by Melony Shemberger, APSU Public Relations and Marketing)

Dr. Patty Orr, assistant professor of nursing and the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence at APSU, said the intervention program will assist nursing students to overcome barriers and complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing with the help of faculty mentors. This will help retain more students in the nursing program, which is extremely competitive.

“We have seen some of our students leave the nursing program because of the difficulties they face with trying to go to school and raising a family and other obstacles that they feel force them to quit,” she said. “The minute we recognize that they are having problems, such as a low score on a quiz, that’s when intervention will take place.”

In addition to faculty mentoring, intervention techniques will include tutoring and remediation.

For more information, call the APSU School of Nursing, 931-221-7710.

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