The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) College of Nursing recently received a $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide specialized training to students in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs.

The grant is being offered to students who are already certified in one of these specialties and seeking a second certification along with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant enables the college to provide traineeship funds for students who plan to work in underserved areas following completion of the advanced programs.

Dr. Melanie Gilmore, FNP program director and director of the grant project, tells

“Both programs are intensive, and for nurse practitioners who are already in practice, it is difficult for them to give up their full-time practice to return to school. The traineeships will allow NPs to return to school with financial assistance to allow them to seek a second certification and a doctoral degree.”

The two-year grant is the first of its kind to be award to the USM College of Nursing. It is intended to meet the need for more advanced practice nurses prepared at the highest degree level and dually certified to deliver holistic care throughout Mississippi. To learn more about the grant and advanced practice nursing degree programs, visit here.

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