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Thursday October 18, 2018
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July 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 1

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FAU Receives $2.8 Million HRSA Grant to Enhance Role of RNs in Primary Care

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has received a $2.8 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for a four-year project titled, “Caring-based Academic Partnerships in Excellence (CAPE) RNs in Primary Care,” to recruit and prepare nursing students and registered nurses (RNs) to practice the full scope of their license in community-based primary care teams. This latest HRSA grant is the third awarded to FAU’s College of Nursing over three consecutive years and totaling $6.4 million.

FAU has partnered with the West Palm Beach Veteran Affairs Medical Center and their interprofessional health care teams who provide services in 26 primary care clinics; Community Health of South Florida, Inc. in Miami; Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale; Caridad Center in Boynton Beach; and FAU’s Community Health Center in West Palm Beach. FAU’s College of Nursing is working in concert with these partners to increase access to care while emphasizing prevention and control of chronic diseases in non-institutional settings.
 
“The overarching goal of our project is to create healthier communities in rural and underserved populations,” said Karethy A. Edwards, Dr.PH, ARNP, project director, associate dean of academic programs and a professor in FAU’s College of Nursing. “With this latest grant from HRSA, we will educate and provide clinical training to establish a primary care workforce of students with a bachelor of science in nursing degree who are practice ready and willing to serve our veterans and patients in rural and underserved communities.” 
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