Williams Awarded $2.4M in HRSA Funding for Workforce Project Invest in Nursing

Assistant Professor Megan P. Williams‘s project Invest in Nursing: An Educational Redesign to Strengthen the Primary Care Workforce has been funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Nurse, Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Registered Nurses in Primary Care Award for $2,396,978. The project is a partnership with Piedmont Health Services (PHS) and will begin July 1, 2018 and run through June 2022.

The Invest in Nursing project is a four-year training program aimed at developing a sustainable primary care nursing workforce to practice in community-based primary care teams in rural and underserved settings. Participants will include baccalaureate nursing students (BSN), currently practicing Registered Nurses (RNs) and School of Nursing faculty. The project will focus on recruiting, educating and providing financial support for a diverse body of nursing students, and identifying registered nurses and faculty to implement evidenced-based care models to populations across the lifespan at PHS one of North Carolina’s oldest and largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

The project’s primary goals are to:

  • Redesign the UNCSON BSN curricula to include innovative pedagogies that infuse didactic and experiential learning environments with primary care, population health and interprofessional education (IPE)
  • Recruit and train a minimum of fifteen (15) BSN students with additional competencies to practice community-primary care teams following graduation
  • Develop practicing RN capacity to serve as preceptors and leaders in community-primary care by supporting ten (10) RNs to complete the Primary Care Certificate Program
  • Develop faculty capacity to serve as leaders in community-based primary care by supporting fifteen (15) nursing faculty to complete the Primary Care Faculty Fellowship Program

Communities served by this project include Alamance, Caswell, Chatham and Orange Counties in North Carolina.

“Serving the health needs of the people of North Carolina is central to our mission, so we are delighted to receive support for an important nursing workforce initiative like Invest” said Nena Peragallo Montano, dean of the UNC School of Nursing. “We’re especially excited by the sustainability of this project to help meet an aspect of our state’s considerable workforce demands, as well as its service to the underserved.”

Congratulations, Megan!