Nursing Office receives HRSA grant!

image003By Dorene Hersh

I am very pleased to announce that the Nursing Office has been awarded a 2.8 million dollar grant over the next 4 years.  Our grant is titled: Ambulatory System Supported by Education and Training (ASSET).

Our goal is to establish Public Health as a training center of excellence for community-based primary care nurses.  We will create a formal programmatic partnership with Seattle Pacific University (SPU) nursing program in order to train baccalaureate nursing students in the provision of evidence-based, trauma-informed primary care to medically underserved populations (MUP).

Year 1: Develop standard work for all positions in our ambulatory care clinics.  We will next develop a Nurse Residency Program to fully train and orient new nurses in public health to work at the top of their licensure.  Curricula will include chronic disease, substance use, behavioral health and trauma-informed care.

Year 2: We will provide senior clinical practicums to 7 SPU nursing students (per year) using the “Dedicated Education Unit” model.  It will bolster the education of students and RNs practicing in these settings, and will result in broader and lasting outcomes for patient care, nursing practice, and health status indicators.

Years 3 & 4: Extend the program into our community with other schools of nursing and community health centers.

This grant will develop the infrastructure to maximize our learning management system and SharePoint across Public Health for all divisions.  Dorene Hersh will be the Principal Investigator, and Shayla Holcomb is the Project Liaison.  We have an evaluation component and will periodically update you with our progress through this blog and our SharePoint site.

We look forward to the learnings associated with this wonderful opportunity. It is a gift for our organization and community.



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