The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has selected the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as one of five hospitals that will take part in a nationwide initiative designed to train more nurses at a higher level, according to a news release. Funded by the Affordable Care Act, the Graduate Nurse Education demonstration will award HUP about $36 million during four years to increase training opportunities for advanced practice registered nurses.
According to the release, the GNE aims to strengthen the nations primary care workforce by placing more APRNs in practice and thereby increasing the ranks of primary and preventive caregivers to help fill gaps in nonhospital community-based settings, including in underserved areas.
“This grant affords us the opportunity to provide advanced training to hundreds of nurses over the next four years, which could really make a difference to the quality of care we deliver to our patients,” Victoria Rich, RN, PhD, FAAN, CNE at HUP, said in the release. “Were honored to lead this effort for the Philadelphia region and are thrilled that HHS recognizes the pivotal role nurses play in patient safety and the need for more in-depth training to improve patient care on a national level.”
HUPs portion of the roughly $200 million award will be used by multiple clinical sites to offset their costs of clinical education of advanced practice nurses, according to the release HUP will manage and administer the grant funding for the program, which also will include participation from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital, both in Philadelphia.