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SON Grant Projects

The SON continues to find ways to support our mission, goals, and outreach to the community by implementing different grant programs.

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Workforce Education for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (WE-KAN)

Preparing Nurse Practitioners for Rural Practice

Based on the needs in Kansas, the Washburn University School of Nursing created the WE KAN Project, supported through the HRSA’s ANEW Program. WE KAN stands for Workforce Education for Kansas Advanced Nurse Practitioners. The purpose of the project is to implement an innovative academic-rural practice partnership model for nurse practitioner education that will increase the amount of time for clinical training in rural areas, improve the quality of preceptor-directed training in rural areas, and connect program graduates to PC employment opportunities in those same rural settings. 

The WE KAN Project was designed to create a pipeline from nurse practitioner student clinical experiences in rural and/or underserved areas to employment in those same settings following graduation. Providing students with longitudinal PC clinical practice experiences positions graduates to work in the very settings where they were trained. And it facilities employment of those students after graduation because clinical agencies desire graduates who are familiar with their setting, clients, practice culture, and processes. 

Through the preparation of rural nurse practitioners the project is designed to improve delivery of health services to Kansas rural consumers over time. 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant award number T94HP30883, Advanced Nursing Education Workforce, $1,385,846. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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Registered nurse Education for a Nurse-led Enhanced Workforce (RENEW)

The future of healthcare is here!  Research shows healthcare is changing and moving away from the traditional hospital setting and towards more outpatient settings.  Want to be part of this exciting oppourtunity? 

The RENEW Project (Registered nurse Education for a Nurse led Enhanced Workforce) provides students with exposure to nursing in primary care clinics and outpatient settings, as well as the traditional clinical experience in hospitals and other facilities.  Participating in the RENEW Project will prepare students as leaders in nursing to create the jobs of the future. The four-year grant project will:

  1. 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.
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. 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.

Students selected for this program will receive a stipend of approximately 50% of tuition and book fees per semester.  Click the link below to apply for this exciting opportunity.  Applications are accepted twice each year and must be received by May 15th (Fall cohort) or November 1st (Spring cohort). Click the link below to apply for this exciting opportunity!

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under 18NEPQR­ RNPC grant number UK1HP31737. Project is funded with a Federal award of $2,488,585 (0% non-federal funds). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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