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Funds granted for Fisher nurse practitioner program

A $335,235 federal grant has been awarded for St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Nursing training program in Rochester.

The program, called the “Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Traineeship Program,” will help provide traineeship funding for graduate students pursuing either a master’s degree in advanced practice nursing or a post-baccalaureate doctor of nursing. The program aims to train these students to serve as primary care family nurse practitioners who will work in underserved and rural areas with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.

This federal funding, jointly announced Monday by Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, is just the first part of a two-year program; another $363,301 will be awarded in fiscal 2015 for the second year of the advanced education nursing traineeship program.

The main objective of the project is to recruit, retain and graduate primary care family nurse practitioners who participate in the traineeship program. Another is to offer mentoring support for those graduate nursing students while they are in the program. Third, the program will also expand clinical sites to include the kinds of areas these graduates will be working in upon graduation, such as inner city, medically underserved, and rural community areas.