As the Affordable Care Act approaches implementation in 2014, it is estimated that there will be a need for an additional 62,900 primary care providers by 2015 and 91,500 by 2020. Nurse practititioners are ideally suited to meet this need. Recognizing this, HRSA – Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program has awarded Fairfield’s School of Nursing $699,992 for the PROVIDE Initiative (Primary-care Outcome Valued Initiative for Delivery of Education) to help nurses pay for the courses they need to become nurse practitioners. The funds will be distributed over a two year period.
“The majority of our Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner students are working, raising families, and going to school at night,” explained Dr. Meredith Kazer, associate dean. “Getting financial help could mean the difference between taking one course or two, or might release them from the obligation to work full time, so they can finish faster.”
All students in the nurse practitioner programs are encouraged to apply for the scholarships; priority will be given to those enrolled fulltime. Students who accept grant monies are required to work with a disadvantaged population for a period of time. The monies will also help the School attract more students from minority backgrounds into the nurse practitioner programs.
“The effort to graduate more nurse practitioners is a national one, and it is truly a credit to the reputation of Fairfield’s School of Nursing that we were funded to the highest amount allowed,” said Dr. Kazer.
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