Washburn University’s School of Nursing was recently awarded a nursing workforce development grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Human Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, or economically or medically vulnerable. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, and the distribution of health care providers to areas where they are needed most.
Washburn’s Workforce Education for Kansas Advanced Nurse Practitioners (WE-KAN) project will offer an innovative approach to the predicted primary care physician shortage and will benefit nurse practitioner students in the BSN to DNP program at Washburn University.
The WE-KAN project will use a model with multiple phases to create a pipeline from student clinical experiences in rural and underserved areas leading to graduates employed in those same settings. The project is designed to improve the educational and clinical training of nurse practitioners and prepare project participants to live and work in rural areas. The Washburn School of Nursing will partner with Holton Health Systems -- a rural health system -- for the project.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Washburn University prepares APRNs who are nurse practitioners. DNP Program graduates are prepared to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), adult/gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP), or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP).
HRSA acknowledgement and disclaimer: This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant award number T94HP30883, Advanced Nursing Education Workforce, $1,385,846.00. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”