The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing has partnered with Well Care Home Health, a leading home health provider to establish the Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars Program—a program funded specifically to prepare nurse leaders for the home health industry.
Funded through charitable contributions from Well Care Home Health, the Scholars Program seeks to attract highly qualified master of science in nursing students to the home health industry through focused coursework and clinical experiences in the home health field. Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars will be enrolled in the UNC School of Nursing’s Health Care Systems (HCS) graduate program, which ranks 4th nationally.
Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars will be selected upon admission to the HCS program and will receive up to $30,000 in scholarship funding. Additionally, Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars will be guided by Associate Professor Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL, who serves as the Well Care Faculty Scholar and liaison between the two organizations to create unique learning experiences for both home health providers and students.
Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars will participate in an interprofessional curriculum designed to prepare them for team-based management and for focused study into quality and process improvement in the home health setting. Scholars will gain clinical experience with Well Care Home Health and will participate in activities and projects focused on home health care, leadership, and interprofessional collaboration.
This exclusive program seeks to identify high performing and motivated students to deliver highly specialized scholastic experience along with real-world, practical experience that enables accelerated career development opportunities in the nursing profession. At a time when the home health industry is seeing exceptional growth and opportunity, this innovative program will situate highly qualified nursing students into an immersive educational experience in this arena. Scholars would participate in clinical experiences and coursework designed to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders for the home health industry.
Applicants must meet requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and must have a background and/or interest in a career in the home health field.
Selection as a Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholar will occur after acceptance into the Health Care Systems MSN program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Once admitted to the HCS program, interested applicants should submit a brief essay (no more than one page) to Meg_Zomorodi@unc.edu answering the following prompts:
- Why are you interested in becoming a Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholar?
- How will being a Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholar contribute to your long term or immediate professional goals?
- Full-time RN-MSN student: 2½ academic years
- Full-time BSN-MSN student: 4 semesters
- Part-time option: longer and can vary
Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars would progress through the MSN Health Care Systems graduate program with a focus on home health. Much of their clinical experience will take place at Well Care, and throughout the curriculum their student learning activities and projects will focus on home health care and related organizational foci.
Well Care Home Health Leadership Scholars will be required to enroll in N790i, Population Health: Interprofessional Management in a Changing Healthcare System. Students enrolled in this interprofessional course are prepared for team-based management focused on population health with students from other health affairs schools within the University. Following completion of this course, students will complete a clinical immersion experience focused on care transitions, interprofessional care, and quality improvement.