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The University of Rhode Island (URI) College of Nursing recently received a $2.7 million, four-year grant aimed at enhancing the nursing workforce and strengthening health care in the community. The grant will allow URI Nursing students to get more hands-on experience, benefiting patients at local community health centers at the same time.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has provided the grant in an effort to fuel its Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program, which enhances the academic clinical partnerships between the College and two community health centers—Thundermist Health Center and Providence Community Health Center. With help from the grant, URI nursing students in the Adult Gerontology, Psychiatric Mental Health, and Family Nurse Practitioner programs, based at the Nursing Education Center in Providence, will be placed in the health centers to provide primary care and behavioral health services, under the supervision of professionals in the centers.

The HRSA grant provides funding for traineeships and will pay the tuition of 14 nursing students in the program each year. Associate Nursing Professor Denisa Coppa expects 48 to 56 students will be placed in one or both of the centers over the four-year period, each working two days a week, while maintaining their studies as full-time students.

Coppa tells, “This program will give experience to these nurse practitioner students so they are prepared to work in community health centers when they graduate…This project is a huge benefit not just for the students, but for practicing health care providers and the health care system as a whole. We’re increasing and transforming the health care workforce to provide more primary care services for the medically underserved population.”

To learn more about the $2.7 million, four-year HRSA grant awarded to the University of Rhode Island  College of Nursing to help enhance the nursing workforce and strengthen health care in the community, visit here.

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