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HRSA – Advanced Education Nursing Grant
Awarded Total: $733,958

This 3-year project will prepare 57 advanced education nurses at the highest level of nursing practice through the initiation of two new Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing practice (DNP) programs in Wayne County, Mich. Significant health disparities exist in health outcomes and health care utilization among racial and ethnic groups in Wayne County and the Southeast Michigan community. In addition, nursing and nursing faculty shortages in the state of Michigan are acute.

The program objectives are aimed to impact these health disparities and nursing shortages by preparing nurses with practice doctorates who will work as faculty members, and leaders in both clinical and administrative practice. Program quality and cost efficiency will be enhanced by formation of a consortium model between Madonna University College of Nursing and the University of Detroit Mercy’s McAuley School of Nursing and by establishing preferred partnerships with Trinity Health System and St. John Ascension Health System. The missions of all four partners in the academic-service consortium focus on providing service and education for all people, with special emphasis on education and care for the poor, minority groups, and the medically underserved.

Exposure of the DNP students within their curriculum to these targeted health systems through their DNP role immersion and practicum projects will impact the distribution of health professionals who have received a portion of their training in underserved area sites. Further clinical training of the DNP students to work more effectively with underserved vulnerable populations will occur through the development of several elective courses within the consortium which focus on cultural competency, mental health competency for the non-psychiatric specialist, and community engagement with underserved populations.

Completion of the project will result in identification of effective strategies for implementing DNP programs using a consortium model and preferred health service partnerships. Culturally specific DNP marketing and recruitment materials will also be disseminated. Other dissemination products include the development of an instrument to measure the mental health competencies of non-psychiatric specialists and a measure of self-efficacy related to working with underserved, culturally diverse, or mentally ill populations.

Year One: $244,095
Year Two: $249,052
Projected Year Three: $240,811

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