The Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for a program to train nurse practitioners to effectively care for underserved populations. It is the first grant the school has received since its launch last year.
The three-year grant from HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will support the project “Creating a Nurse Practitioner Student Transition to Primary Care Practice Model,” under the leadership of founding Dean and Professor Kathleen Gallo, PhD, and Priscilla Samuel, DNP, assistant professor of nursing and director of nurse practitioner clinical affairs at the Center for Learning and Innovation at Northwell Health.
“Academic practice partnerships are essential to ensuring nursing’s contribution in ushering in health care reform, and ours is a model partnership,” said Dean Gallo, who is also senior vice president and chief learning officer for Northwell Health. “HRSA encourages and supports the development of these partnerships in an effort to close the gap between academia and the practice setting and prepare nurse practitioners for the 21st century, and we are proud to have been the recipient of this new funding.”
The initiative allows students in the Master of Science with a major in nursing in the family nurse practitioner track to be immersed in meaningful clinical experiences across the expansive network of Northwell Health primary care sites. The overarching goals of the project are to promote
new graduate confidence to undertake the advanced practice primary care role and to develop curriculum that focuses on training nurse practitioners to meet the needs of diverse and underserved populations. The School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies was launched in 2015 to meet the growing need for qualified advanced practice nurses and physician assistants to deliver quality, holistic, scientifically sound and patient-centered care while optimizing the health and well-being of diverse populations and communities.