USI’s PARTNERSHIPS TO INCREASE NO. OF NURSES IN DUBOIS, GUIBSON COUNTIES
As more and more institutions initiate partnerships concentrating themselves in remote communities, it paves the way for more clinical opportunities for nursing students.
In a report, University of Southern Indiana has received more than $2 million grant to escalate the number of nurses in rural areas.
USI College of Nursing and Health Professions is forming four academic practice partnerships with two rural hospitals and two county health departments in Dubois and Gibson counties, allowing more clinical opportunities for their undergraduate students.
"In our nursing curriculum, we plan to focus on population health, primary care in medically underserved communities and interprofessional education and practice to prepare our students for these clinical experiences," said Dr. Ann White, dean of the USI College of Nursing and Health Professions.
It’s also cited that Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper will be collaborating with USI for all four years of the grant project.
And in July 2019, Memorial Hospital will open a new facility comprising a family medicine residency program in partnership with the IU School of Medicine.
"The opportunity to educate registered nurses in an outpatient primary care setting integrates well with our initiative to train the next generation of Family Physicians at our family medicine residency program," said Dr. Stan Tretter, vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. "Working side by side, this interprofessional collaboration of nurses and physicians is the future of high-quality health care for the patients of our community."
As the year two of the grant starts, additional rural sites will be included in partnership with Gibson General Hospital in Princeton.
USI is reportedly collaborating with the Dubois County Health Department, the Gibson County Health Department, and the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
Erudite Nursing Institute™ supports University of Southern Indiana in initiating partnerships with health institutions to increase the concentration of nurses in underserved communities like Gibson and Dubois counties.
The institute believes that continued partnerships can lead more opportunities for incoming nurses to really discover their field in a much deeper, meaningful level.
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