Jamie Earls and Heather Long, RN-to-BS students at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing, Portland, helped write a $25,130 grant that supports activities to reduce a transition gap in adolescent care.
The “Adolescent Neurology Transition Clinic Grant for Doernbecher-Division of Neurology,” part of the Friends of Doernbecher grant program, supports clinical and research projects and programs at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, according to a news release. Friends of Doernbecher is composed of more than 200 former patients, their caregivers, friends and volunteers dedicated to providing long-term, ongoing support to the children’s hospital.
Amanda Marcus, MN, RN, CPN, made the initial connection with students and Andrea Frank, MSN, CPNP, oversaw the grant writing. By providing periodic clinical meetings where customized resources will be collated and introduced to the patients and caregivers, the grant will help adolescents and young adults transition to adult care. They also will have the continued support of RNs and other healthcare providers in the adolescent neurology transition clinic.
The collaboration between Doernbecher, OHSU School of Nursing Virtual campus RNBS students and clinical faculty, has evolved into this growing project. Working towards and procuring this grant forged new relationships and promises a foundation for more efficient transitions from pediatric to adult care for the Doernbecher Neurology Department adolescents and young adults, according to the release.