Hofstra-Northwell nursing school lands new HHS grant

Code blue: With demand for skilled nurses exceeding supply, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is once again supporting Hofstra-Northwell's graduate nursing program.

A chunky seven-digit federal grant will help Hofstra University and the Northwell Health system pump professional nurses into the neighborhoods that need them most.

The Hofstra-Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies has landed a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant earmarked specifically to “create a nursing pipeline to underserved communities,” according to a joint statement from the university and the health system.

The $2.75 million grant, titled the Creating an Integrative Family Nurse Practitioner Value Based Student to Practice Model, is administered by the HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration. It will directly support the graduate nursing program’s “innovative academic-practice partnership to prepare primary care/advanced practice nurses to work in rural and underserved settings,” the statement said.

The inter-professional learning model is designed to train family nurse practitioners, adult gerontology-acute care nurse practitioners, psychiatric/mental health nursing practitioners and sexual assault forensic examiner nurses, among other nursing professionals.

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The new grant is the third the Hofstra-Northwell nursing program has received through the HRSA program, including a $1.6 million Creating a Nurse Practitioner Student Transition-to-Primary Care Practice Model grant in 2016 and a $754,236 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program grant in 2018.

The latest award will go a long way toward helping the Hofstra-Northwell program on its mission to prepare holistic, humanistic, scholastic and highly skilled nurse practitioners across the healthcare spectrum, according to School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies Dean Kathleen Gallo.

Noting a “growing demand for their services due to an aging population and a shortage of primary-care physicians,” Gallo said properly educated nurses in the specialties of primary and family care, as well as geriatrics and other clinical areas, are more important than ever.

“Nurse practitioners play a vital role in the healthcare delivery system,” the dean added. “This grant helps us provide enhanced education opportunities and resources to our advanced practice nurses.”