To support future APRNs who want to work in Mississippi’s rural and medically underserved populations, traineeship grants totaling nearly $350,000, have been awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing.
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration is funding education for 50 advanced practice registered nurses for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, according to a USM news release.
“Mississippi is primarily a rural state (55.14%) that is ranked as the poorest state as well as the state with the poorest health in the nation,” Melanie Gilmore, PhD, FNP-BC, said in the release. Gilmore is associate professor and program director of the family nurse practitioner program at USM.
“Most college of nursing graduate students remain employed while taking classes and often work full-time and beyond to meet immediate and extended family financial obligations,” Gilmore said. “Traineeships are essential to offset the financial burden of nurses desiring to return to school in a poverty-stricken state.”
USM’s nurse practitioner programs educate nurses in patient-centered healthcare delivery, offering courses in evidence-based practice with full-time and part-time options.
Tens of millions of Americans receive quality, affordable healthcare and other services through HRSA’s 90-plus programs and more than 3,000 grantees, according to the HRSA website. Its programs “provide healthcare to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable,” the website stated.