U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Training Program
The Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Training Program works to recruit and train nursing students and current registered nurses (RNs) to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care teams to increase access to care, with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use conditions. The program aims to achieve a sustainable primary care nursing workforce equipped with the competencies necessary to address pressing national public health issues, even the distribution of the nursing workforce, improve access to care, and improve population health outcomes by strengthening the capacity for basic nurse education and practice and addressing national nursing needs under three priority areas: education, practice, and retention.
Applicants are required to establish or expand academic-practice partnerships to train nursing students and support current RNs in non-institutional settings, such as community-based primary care.
- If the applicant organization is an accredited school of nursing, they must partner with community-based primary care sites (e.g., National Health Service Corps sites, Community Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), Health Center Program Look-Alikes, Nurse-Managed Health Clinics, Rural Health Clinics, and Indian Health Services sites)
- If the applicant organization is a health care facility, they must: 1) provide primary care services in a community-based setting; and 2)partner with an accredited school of nursing
Partnerships with other non-institutional settings, including state or local health departments, Veterans Affairs medical facilities, Area Health Education Centers, AIDS Education and Training Centers, and Public Health Training Centers are also encouraged. The partnerships are required to implement the following activities:
- Implement a system for recruitment of primary care-oriented undergraduate nursing students most committed to practicing in non-institutional settings to improve access to primary health care in medically underserved communities
- Provide longitudinal clinical training experiences for undergraduate nursing students in community-based primary care, with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use conditions
- Deliver continuing professional development in primary care for practicing RNs, clinical preceptors, and faculty with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use conditions
- Enhance didactic and clinical training curricula to integrate primary care, population health, and interprofessional education (IPE) with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use conditions
- Identify a full time partnership liaison as a formal facilitator between academia and clinical partners
Amount: A total $30,100,000 is available to fund up to 43 cooperative agreements that range up to $700,000 per year for four years.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include accredited schools of nursing, health care facilities, or a partnership of such a school and facility. Partnership requirements are detailed above.
Note: The FY 2018 President’s Budget does not request funding for this program. This notice is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, applications can be processed, and funds awarded in a timely manner. Applicants should note that this program may be cancelled prior to award recommendations.
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