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Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing recently received a four-year, $3.5 million grant to help the university place nurse practitioner graduates in rural, underserved areas for primary care residency.

The nurse residency program is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Advanced Nursing Education – Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Grant, which is designed to prepare new nurse practitioners to deliver high-quality primary care in community-based settings. The primary care residency is a year-long program in which nurse practitioner residents will complete academic coursework and clinical hours in rural and underserved areas.

Nena Sanders, vice provost of the Samford University College of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Nursing, tells, “For nearly 100 years, Ida Moffett School of Nursing has prepared well-equipped, compassionate nurses to serve the underserved. This grant affords us the opportunity to enhance the knowledge and skill sets of our graduates and intentionally place caring, competent nurse practitioners where the needs are greatest.”

The grant will facilitate the launch of the primary care nurse residency which will be housed in the School of Nursing. The program will focus on developing new family nurse practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to improve the quality and safety of rural health care systems.

Out of 67 counties in Alabama, 55 of them are considered rural and only two of those 55 are considered to have the minimum number of providers available. During their rotations, residents will receive training in vital telehealth technology to help reduce accessibility issues for patients who are forced to travel long distances to seek necessary care.

To learn more about the four-year, $3.5 million grant awarded to Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing  to help the university place nurse practitioner graduates in rural, underserved areas for primary care residency, visit here.


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