A two-year, $264,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration will enable Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane to recruit six students from underrepresented groups into its nurse practitioner degree program.
Through the grant, the college will offer financial support to students who are U.S. military veterans, rural-dwelling Hispanics and/or Native Americans to help them become family nurse practitioners, according to a news release.
Washington is a state that struggles to maintain the number of qualified healthcare providers needed to care for its rural citizens and underserved populations, Cindy Fitzgerald, PhD, RN, director of the DNP program at WSU and an author of the grant proposal, said in the release.
Students who receive support through this new program will be educationally and experientially qualified for certification and licensure immediately upon graduation, enabling them to enter the workforce as primary care providers. These are the students who will go back to serve their communities. They understand the barriers to care and can better serve their patients.
WSU has offered degrees leading to nurse practitioner certification and licensure since 1983. In addition to recruiting six new students from underrepresented groups, the grant will allow the college of nursing to develop and implement strategies to ensure the success of those students, according to