According to Arizona Health Futures, a report by St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, the state of Arizona has a shortfall of approximately 2,500 health-care providers.
With the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration, or GNED, providing more than $17 million to the Arizona Collaborative, the University of Arizona College of Nursing will be able to increase the annual enrollment of the Doctor of Nursing Practice, or DNP, degree to prepare nurse practitioners to provide better care.
The college will receive $1.9 million of those funds to provide training year-round, hire additional faculty and secure additional clinical training sites to prepare for the increase in students.
“This new grant will be instrumental in providing exceptional training to our DNP students and increasing the number of health-care providers to our community,” said Terry A. Badger, professor and director of the community and systems health science division.
The GNED is a four-year, $200 million initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help meet the rising need for primary-care practitioners.
The UA College of Nursing’s funding will be provided through Scottsdale Healthcare, which was one of five U.S. hospitals selected to participate. In addition to the UA College of Nursing, Scottsdale Healthcare also will provide the GNED funding to nursing schools at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon University and health-care and community-based care organizations across the state, which comprise the Arizona Collaborative.
The UA College of Nursing will partner with The University of Arizona Health Network and other local health-care agencies to provide clinical training for nurse practitioners.
Faculty at the UA College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States.