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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Texas Lutheran University Nursing Program to Receive Almost $500,000 in Federal Funds

June 22, 2017
Press Release

SEGUIN, TX—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded Texas Lutheran University (TLU) more than $490,000 in federal funds. The grant comes from the Department’s Nursing Workforce Diversity program and will help fund training and mentorship initiatives within TLU’s Department of Nursing.

“Our country and our region are in need of more well-trained, high quality nurses and health care professionals," Congressman Vicente Gonzalez said. "With this grant, Texas Lutheran’s Nursing Department will have the resources it needs to continue recruiting candidates from diverse backgrounds and training the best and brightest nurses to provide top notch care to those living in South Texas.”

President of Texas Lutheran University, Patrick Dorsey, was glad that the university’s nursing program would be receiving this grant.

 “A competent workforce with career opportunity is vital for the success of healthcare in delivering safe, high quality direct care,” TLU President Dorsey said. “Support for TLU’s Nursing Program will benefit the entire South Texas region as we partner to fill the gap in providing care to this population.”

The Nursing Workforce Diversity program enables students from disadvantaged backgrounds to obtain a nursing degree, in turn creating a workforce as diverse as the community it serves. Specifically, program funding helps students navigate the process of becoming a registered nurse, facilitates students’ preparation for baccalaureate programs, and prepares already practicing nurses for continuing education.