​LEWISTON, N.Y. — ​The School of Nursing at Niagara University is getting a funding boost during a time when health professionals are needed more than ever.

A $400,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation will enhance technology in simulation and skill labs and more.

The project also includes on-campus training for mental health and first aid instructors.

“This grant will enable Niagara University’s College of Nursing to enhance our educational programs and make them available to a greater number of students, as well as optimize the use of our Nursing Simulation Center and our collaborations within the community,” said Dr. Christine Verni, dean of the college. “These initiatives will advance our ongoing efforts to improve health outcomes regionally and beyond.”

NU officials also plan to expand the university’s College of Nursing.

Currently, Niagara University College of Nursing offers a 4-year and accelerated bachelor’s degree program and a nursing degree completion program for registered nurses.