Brandman Receives Grant from Fletcher Jones Foundation

Foundation supports nursing scholarships for promising students in need at Brandman’s School of Nursing and Health Professions

IRVINE, Calif. (October 27, 2011) Brandman University’s School of Nursing and Health Professions has received a gift of $350,000 from the Fletcher Jones Foundation in support of scholarships for promising students with financial need.  This gift will be instrumental in enabling Brandman University nursing students to complete an advanced degree, achieve their professional goals, and contribute to the advancement of health care in our communities.

Renee McLeod, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions said, “The Fletcher Jones Foundation is really making a difference for the nursing community and ultimately our patients, who will receive better care from highly skilled nursing leaders and practitioners.  The trend that I’ve been seeing is that the majority of potential students cite financial issues and the inability to leave their jobs to go back to school in this very difficult economic climate.  Even when the outcome means an increase in income, they are unable to cover the tuition cost.  This donation provides a real solution.” 

Support from the Fletcher Jones Foundation demonstrates a vote of confidence in Brandman’s innovative School of Nursing and Health Professions, which was established in 2009.  All Brandman University nursing faculty have doctorates and current real world experience with established practices and state of the art technology. The curriculum is evidence-based, which trains students for the job and narrows the gap between educational theory and a vital, evolving healthcare practice.

Along with programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) and Health Risk and Crisis Communication (MS), Brandman offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for nurse practitioners in five critical areas –adult geriatric primary and acute care, mental health, neonatal and pediatric care. The scholarship is particularly relevant given new recommendations by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020, and a recommendation by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to establish the DNP as the entry point to advanced practice nursing by 2015. 

“Fletcher Jones is an important foundation and their support means so much for Brandman.  In the current economy, philanthropic contributions have declined significantly.  To be granted such a generous first-time gift from the Fletcher Jones Foundation speaks volumes to the future of our nursing program,” said Linda Dixon, Associate Vice Chancellor of Advancement at Brandman University. 

All Brandman University programs are specifically designed for adults. Working RNs can explore educational options at Brandman University that will include an online nursing component, short immersion sessions on campus and a state-of-the-art immersive simulation lab that offers real world application of the latest technology. The flexibility and convenience of Brandman’s DNP program is further emphasized by clinical practice internships arranged near the student’s work or home. For more information about nursing programs at Brandman call (800) 746-0379 or visit www.brandman.edu/nursing.

About The Fletcher Jones Foundation
The Foundation was established in 1969 by Fletcher Jones, Co-Founder of Computer Sciences Corporation, a global leader in providing technology for businesses.  Following the untimely death of Fletcher Jones in 1972, the bulk of his personal estate endowed an independent private foundation which bears his name.  The Foundation’s primary mission is the support of private, independent colleges and universities in California. 

About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, non-profit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1958 and a part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with progressive, innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for working professionals. The university serves more than 10,000 students annually in 52 undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs in arts and sciences, business, education and health, both offered online and through 26 campuses in California and Washington.  For more information, visit www.brandman.edu.

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About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves an average of 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. www.Brandman.edu.

For more information contact Steve Quis, director of Public Relations at squis@brandman.edu.