Cal State Fullerton has partnered with Mountains Community Hospital and Rural Health Clinics to place nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner trainees at a critical access point for communities near the San Bernardino Mountains. The partnership is called the “Rural-Women of the Mountains Accessing New Services (Rural-WOMANS)” Project and is being launched through a two-year federal grant totaling $1.4 million.

The project is designed to expand women’s health services, creating a pipeline of nursing professionals trained to serve in rural communities that are difficult to recruit and retain advanced practice nurse practitioners. Ruth Mielke, associate professor of nursing and women’s health care concentration coordinator, tells

“The rationale is that if a student has a positive clinical experience training in an underserved site, that student may be more likely to consider working in that site or a similar site after graduation.”

Students placed in certain clinic locations will be eligible to receive traineeship scholarships each semester. Forty traineeships will be available starting in Spring 2018 to help cover the costs of tuition, living expenses, and books. There will be an emphasis on supporting students who want to pursue obstetrics-gynecology, rural health, psychiatric, and mental health issues. To learn more about Cal State Fullerton’s grant to support advanced practice nurse training in rural areas, visit here.

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