The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the Western Carolina University School of Nursing a grant totaling nearly $1 million to develop community-based and primary care clinical experiences to help students enrolled in WCU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs prepare for careers in those health care settings.
“With the changes going on in health care and to meet the needs of the aging population, future roles for nurses are emerging in community and primary care settings,” said Kae Livsey, an associate professor in WCU’s School of Nursing who is serving as lead on the project. The grant will expand opportunities for students to have clinical experiences in primary care and senior housing community settings and better train them for new roles as baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses, she said.
The Health Resources Services Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant of $999,500 will be spread over two years.
The School of Nursing’s partners in the project include two federally qualified community health centers – Blue Ridge Health in Hendersonville and Appalachian Mountain Community Health Center in Asheville – and the Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County and Givens Life Ministries in Asheville. The School of Nursing also is partnering with local hospitals to provide student placements in their care coordination and discharge planning programs to support student learning related to transitions of care between acute and primary care settings.
“By supporting this project, HRSA has recognized the need for baccalaureate nursing programs to prepare students for future roles in community settings,” Livsey said. “By working with our regional partners, we can promote the expanded role of the BSN-RN to address regional needs and improve the health of our communities.”
For more information, contact Livsey at 828-654-6523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Randall Holcombe