St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing Receives Federal Grant
The St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing has received a $700,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for an Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship Program for primary care nurse practitioners.
According to Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, Dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing, the implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has increased the need for primary care providers in the face of already existing shortages. She indicated that there are approximately 99 primary health care shortage areas in New York State, and as many as three million New York residents are without access to a primary care provider.
“This traineeship grant will support the education of 24 graduate students enrolled in the Wegmans School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program, accelerate their completion of the program, and deploy them into health care settings to increase access to primary care in our region. I am very grateful for the continued support and recognition of our program’s contribution from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” said Cooney Miner. “I also want to thank Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for their efforts to end the primary care workforce shortage and their support of Title VIII funding to advance nursing education.”
The two-year project will cover traineeships for graduate students enrolled in either the Master’s program in Advanced Practice Nursing as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) or in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program as a family nurse practitioner student. The grant will also allow the School of Nursing to expand clinical learning sites for mentoring support for FNP graduate students to include additional inner city, medically underserved, minority, and disadvantaged city school students; migrant workers; rural citizens; and veterans. The grant will also provide nurse practitioner clinical residency opportunities in the School of Nursing’s nurse managed primary care center.
“It is so important that our schools have the tools and resources they need to train the next generations of nurse practitioners,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “We currently are facing a shortage of doctors and nurse practitioners and this funding will go a long way to ensure we have more trained professionals ready to address 21st century healthcare challenges. St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Nursing will use this investment to prepare their students with the experience they need to become quality primary care nurse practitioners nurses.”
“With the severe shortage of primary care physicians and nurse practitioners in New York State, it is important for the federal government to support these kinds of valuable, career-advancing programs for our nurses,” said Senator Chuck Schumer. “These funds will help graduate nursing students in New York State receive the training they need to become primary care family nurses and serve disadvantaged and rural areas."
A new elective course on the special health care needs of active duty military, veterans, and their families has been developed by the school for all FNP students. Students will receive mentoring support throughout the program.