USM nursing program receives $2.8M grant for rural clinical training

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The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing and Health Professions recently received a renewal of a federal grant worth $2.8 million over four years as part of the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program.

The ANEW Program provides funding to support innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training. The partnerships support traineeships, as well as infrastructure funds to schools of nursing and their practice partners who deliver primary care clinical training experiences with rural and/or underserved populations for advanced nursing education programs.

Dr. Carolyn Coleman, Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator, and ANEW Grant Program Director at USM, said the first two years of the grant enabled faculty to organize and implement longitudinal immersive clinical training experienced for advanced placement students in community-based settings, including providing support to students through traineeship funds.

“As we continued the work that has been started, the ANEW 2 will allow us to advance on the training we provide to our nurse practitioner students here at USM,” said Coleman. “We will be able to implement training such as telehealth and improve on training to help combat the opioid crisis here in the state, as well as other innovative course enhancements. We will also be able to assist nurse practitioner students in obtaining second certifications as a family or psychiatric nurse practitioner.”

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