The Invest in Nursing project continues, providing an opportunity for nursing students to develop skills in community-based care and nursing leadership, and for nursing faculty to grow in leadership, scholarship, partnership-building, and curriculum development.

Invest in Nursing is a four-year training grant through the UNC SON that aims to invest in the development of a sustainable primary care nursing workforce to practice in community-based primary care teams in rural and/or underserved settings. The program works nursing students, practicing registered nurses and nurse faculty.

The Faculty Fellowship component of our work is a one-year program for nurse faculty members from early to mid-career, consisting of on-site sessions, distance learning and resources, and an Innovative Project. Fellows have access to state-of-the-art materials on professional development, building scholarship, developing cutting edge curricula, and building successful relationships with peers and the community. Additionally, Faculty Fellows receive individual and group faculty instruction while completing their own Innovative Project. Program participants remain in their current faculty positions while attending on-site sessions throughout the year at the University of North Carolina campus in collaboration with the UNC SON. Applications for the second cohort of Faculty Fellows will open in Spring 2020.

Invest in Nursing also works with Registered Nurses from Piedmont Health to complete the RN Primary Care Certificate Program through the Friday Center for Lifelong Learning. This certificate is designed to prepare a Registered Nurse to work primary care in an ambulatory care setting. This five-module program is a self-paced program (50 contact hours) that reviews common practice and patient issues in contemporary primary care settings. The certificate is designed to help RNs currently working in acute or long-term care settings to become familiar with primary care terminology, concepts and basic skills. Additionally, Invest in Nursing delivers preceptor training to several Piedmont Health RNs each year, as they precept and guide the Student Scholars in their community-based clinical experiences.

The Invest in Nursing Student Scholars program will be opening applications for our second cohort this fall. The program is designed to provide outstanding BSN students at the UNC SON with opportunities to engage with hands-on clinical experience in community clinics in rural and/or underserved areas of North Carolina and to work with patients across the care continuum. Students in the program also a receive in-depth mentorship from UNC SON faculty, networking opportunities, as well as tuition support. Student Scholars continue their coursework throughout the program, while also participating in additional activities such as volunteering with the Student Health Action Coalition, and/or enrolling in Spanish for health professionals courses.

We encourage students to apply, and ask that faculty members encourage all rising senior BSN students to apply and attend one of our upcoming information sessions. Students are enrolled in the program from Summer 2020 until their graduation in Spring 2021. Below is the timeline for our admission events for this application cycle:

  • Info Session: November 15, 2019 4:00 – 5:00 pm | Carrington Hall, Room 104
  • Application Opens: November 29, 2019
  • Application Closes: January 17, 2020, 5:00 pm

To find out more about the Invest in Nursing program, visit our website. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at investinnursing@unc.edu or (919) 843-3104.