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Washburn University School of Nursing receives AENT grant

Washburn University School of Nursing recently was awarded a two-year $666,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Health Resources and Services Administration for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT).

The grant is timed in preparation for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and will assist more than 22 graduate student nurses at Washburn who are seeking advanced nursing education training with tuition, books, fees and living expenses. All of the students involved will become primary care providers, as either adult nurse practitioners or family nurse practitioners.

Because of the act, said Marian Jamison, associate dean and professor, School of Nursing, “more patients will be insured and they are going to need a primary care provider.”

Topeka and Shawnee County currently are designated as a primary care health profession shortage area by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“We’re using it as a recruitment tool for next year,” Jamison said of the grant. “We are hoping to recruit more people of color and veterans who will be targeted for traineeship.”

The AENT website notes the purpose of the program is to increase the number of advanced education nurses trained to practice as primary care providers, particularly in areas designated as rural or medically underserved.

For questions or more information, contact Marian Jamison, at marian.jamison@washburn.edu or 785-670-1205.

The Washburn AENT project ($660,000) is 100 percent funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Health Resources and Services Administration for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship program.

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Dena Anson, university relations, 785-670-1711

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