The University of Washington School of Nursing, Kaiser Permanente Washington, and AHECWW have partnered on an innovative Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program, "Registered Nurses in Primary Care," to meet ambulatory care education needs. This is a $2.8M grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The purpose of the four-year training program is to recruit and train nursing students and current registered nurses (RNs) to practice at the full scope of their license in community-based ambulatory care teams. This work will emphasize chronic disease prevention and management in health professional shortage areas (HPSA), medical underserved (MU) and rural ambulatory care settings.
AHECWW participates in the partnership advisory committee for this project, helping to develop immersive rural clinical placements for participating students, with the aim of increasing recruitment from underserved communities and improving the diversity of the nursing workforce.
- Washington State has an RN shortfall that is expected to grow over the next 12 years
- The RN shortfall is greatest in rural Washington, where the number of RNs is only 665 per 100,000 population (compared to 853 per 100,000 for urban areas)
- Chronic disease rates are increasing along with a growing and aging population, amplifying the need for RNs in ambulatory care