Kaiser Permanente -- Nursing Cohort

March 1, 2002





Margie Yu
Public Affairs Spec.
(323) 343-3047


of Events

Cal State L.A. School of Nursing
Expands Nursing Baccalaureate Program
Through a Gift From Kaiser Permanente

Gift will support a cohort of ten BSN candidates for two years, beginning spring 2002

Los Angeles, CA—California State University, Los Angeles has announced that it has received a gift of $59,500 from Kaiser Permanente to its School of Nursing. The funding provides for the education of a “cohort” of 10 nursing students over two years of the four-year Bachelor of Science Nursing program. The gift is part of a larger Kaiser Permanente donation to 14 California college-based nursing programs for direct faculty support beginning in the spring quarter, 2002.

“The recent expansion of Cal State L.A.’s nursing program and the corresponding change from department to School is due to the efforts of a committed and involved faculty, whose vision for professional nursing is to increase the numbers of baccalaureate and advanced practice nurses we can produce over the next five years,” said Judith Papenhausen, director of the Cal State L.A. School of Nursing. “We are grateful to Kaiser Permanente for recognizing our University’s proven capability to prepare and graduate well-educated nurses in this time of nursing shortage,” she said.

According to Kaiser Permanente, this nearly $500,000 donation to Northern and Southern California nursing programs is one of several educational initiatives demonstrating its significant annual investment in nurse training. That investment is currently $2.6 million now and is expected to reach $4 million by the end of 2002. “By providing funding for more teachers, Kaiser Permanente is really taking the long view, putting into action its commitment to improving the health of the community,” said Marilyn Chow, Kaiser Permanente’s vice president of Patient Care Services.

The Cal State L.A. nursing programs have been in existence within a department since the late 1960s and have been a unit in Cal State L.A.’s College of Health and Human Services since its inception in 1984. The University’s School of Nursing has approximately 200 pre-nursing majors, slightly more than 200 undergraduate nursing students, more than 100 graduate students and 24 full-time faculty. Programs in nursing at Cal State L.A. are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and were recently reaccredited for eight years by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Since 2000, when it began surveying nursing graduate programs, U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” issue has listed Cal State L.A.’s nursing graduate program among the top five programs in California and the highest-ranked such program in the CSU system. Director of the School of Nursing Judith Papenhausen has been leading the University’s nursing programs for the past six years and oversaw the recent change from department to School status. She has been on the University’s nursing faculty since 1972. Professor Papenhausen received her B.S. and M.S. in nursing, both with high honors, from Cal State L.A., completed predoctoral work at USC and received her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the president of the California Association of Colleges of Nursing.


California State University, Los Angeles, is a comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally-recognized scholars and artists, and more than 19,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations.

Student-centered, faculty and staff-focused, and community-minded, Cal State L.A.’s College of Health and Human Services is committed to educating and preparing human service professionals to become innovative practitioners and leaders. This education is effected within an interdisciplinary framework that integrates teaching, research, policy, and public service in multicultural urban settings. The College comprises more than 70 full-time and numerous part-time faculty members and 29 staff members, the College serves approximately 4000 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Kaiser Permanente, California, is a prepaid, group practice health maintenance organization (HMO) serving more than 6.1 million members throughout the State. More than 7,500 Permanente medical group physicians in both The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) in Northern California and the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG), as well as 55,300 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals employees, provide care to Health Plan members. There are 27 major medical centers organized into 12 service areas throughout California.


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