UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN INDIANA’S FOUR YEAR GRANT TO TRAIN STUDENT NURSES IN PRIMARY CARE ROLES
The University of Southern Indiana initiate partnerships with rural hospitals in its region to train student nurses in primary care roles and has received a $2 million worth of federal grant to help support the program, with the opportunity to renew funding. Funded through the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention division of the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The four year grant will monetarily support the university in assigning nursing students to areas where there are nursing shortages.
“This grant gives us the opportunity to train our students, who will be the registered nurses and workforce of tomorrow, in primary care and how to manage a clinic ambulatory care setting and address those patients who need that type,” says College of Nursing and Health Professions assistant dean Connie Swenty. “Particularly care in prevention and maintaining wellness.”
Swenty says health care providers are now highlighting more on primary care, creating a need for more primary care nurses in some places.
“We have not done a good job up to this point of addressing that venue, simply because it wasn’t a need at the time, our need was in acute care,” says Swenty.
As part of its first year, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, Indiana, will serve the seven surrounding counties with 31 health care clinics. In its second year, Gibson General Hospital in Princeton, Indiana, will join the collaboration with four primary care clinics. The project will also work with both Gibson and Dubois County Health Departments and the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center.
She says the program will arrange inter-professional education by teaming up student nurses with medical students in residency program.
“I think that’s a perfect marriage is to have residents who will be their future physicians in these clinics, plus nurses and nursing students who could be their future workforce – working together, collaborating and understanding how to best meet the needs of those patients,” Swenty says.
By exposing students to this side of the occupation, the objective is that some might pursue a similar role after graduation.
“So as the student is exposed to that rural area and to those other clinical sites, they better understand the opportunities that exist for them,” Swenty says.
The curriculum is being assembled this fall with the program starting in January.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ is in support with University of Southern Indiana’s goal of expanding its primary care nursing not just to extend help in it surrounding rural areas where nursing shortage is rampant but also exposing nursing students as to what will they encounter when they are now in the workforce.
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