Samford University’s Moffett and Sanders School of Nursing has received more than $2 million to improve the preparation of primary care nurse practitioner students committed to careers in medically underserved and rural areas.
Samford’s $2.6 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce program grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration will use evidence-based guidelines to develop experiential learning activities focused on primary care. The students will receive practical experience in high need and demand health care settings.
The program will improve clinical competence, cultural humility and self-care, which will aid students entering the workforce better prepared as providers in primary care settings. Students who complete the program will be equipped with the clinical and professional confidence and competencies necessary for efficient, effective and productive practice to advance and improve the health of patients, families, and communities.
Need for practitioners
According to Melondie Carter, dean of the Moffett and Sanders School of Nursing, additional nurse practitioners are needed to meet the health care needs of the community.
“We are excited about our opportunity to support students with this funding. The ANEW project provides an opportunity for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to address and manage Social Determinants of Health factors and improve health equity and literacy in medically underserved areas and populations,” she added.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports the demand for primary care services has increased significantly due to a growing and aging population, resulting in a shortage between 37,000 to 124,000 primary care providers by 2034. Primary care nurse practitioners have the knowledge and skills to perform health care services to meet the needs of the community. Therefore, the probability that practices will increase the use of nurse practitioners is high.
“For nearly a decade, the school of nursing has recognized that a major primary care provider shortage is on the horizon,” said Stephanie Wynn, associate dean of scholarly activities for Moffett and Sanders School of Nursing and grant project director. “With the aid of the ANEW award, graduates of our program will be well-positioned to improve access to quality healthcare, especially for patients and families in rural and underserved communities where health inequities are common.”
The ANEW program will recruit registered nurses to earn a master’s or doctoral degree or a post-graduate certification with a concentration as a primary care nurse practitioner. The program will perpetuate the students’ transition to autonomous caregivers to fill a dire need in the health care system.
To apply for admission to Samford graduate programs in nursing, go to samford.edu/nursing/graduate-nursing/.