has been awarded a $2,749,151 million grant by the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a nursing pipeline for underserved communities.
The grant, Creating an Integrative Family Nurse Practitioner Value Based Student to Practice Model, will support the graduate nursing program’s innovative academic-practice partnership to prepare primary care/advanced practice nurses to work in rural and underserved settings.
Through an inter-professional learning model, the nursing school graduates family nurse practitioners (FNP), adult gerontology-acute care nurse practitioners (AGACNP), psychiatric-mental health nursing practitioners (PMHNP), registered nurse first assistants and sexual assault forensic examiner nurses.
The new award, the third grant the nursing program has received from the federal agency, will create a pipeline of experienced primary care nurse practitioners through 2023.
“This grant helps us provide enhanced education opportunities and resources to our advanced practice nurses who will enter the workforce in the specialties of primary and family care, as well as geriatrics and other clinical areas to deliver value-based care,” said Kathleen Gallo, RN, PhD, dean of the graduate school. “Nurse practitioners play a vital role in the health care delivery system, as evidenced by the growing demand for their services due to an aging population and a shortage of primary care physicians.”
Since its inception in 2015, the school has graduated 73 nurse practitioners and seven registered nurse first assistants. The school also received two other advanced nursing education/program grants from HRSA: In 2016, $1,644,223 for Creating a Nurse Practitioner Student Transition-to-Primary Care Practice Model; and in 2018 was awarded $754, 236 for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program.
To date, the school has received $5,147,610 in federal grants to help fulfill its mission of preparing holistic, humanistic, scholastic and highly skilled nurse practitioners.