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Massachusetts Awarded Grant For Nurse Education

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    Massachusetts is getting a $300,000 grant to support nursing education. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   Massachusetts is looking to increase the number of nurses with bachelors degrees or higher...as  more and more hospitals are requiring four year college degrees as conditions of employment.  Just over half of the nurses in Massachusetts currently hold degrees in bachelor of nurse sciences. The grant funds will develop ways for currently employed and newly credentialed  nurses  to pursue their higher education through community colleges , state universities and the University of Massachusetts.  Massachusetts was one of nine states chosen to receive the grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.