The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing has been allocated grants amounting to almost $350,000, for the support and training of prospective advanced practice registered nurses, (APRNs) who are keen to work in the rural communities of Mississippi that have inadequate medical resources. According to a USM news release, for the academic years of 2016–2017 and 2017-2018, education for 50 APRNs is being funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
USM’s associate professor and program director of the family nurse practitioner program, Melanie Gilmore, PhD, FNP-BC, said that the state of Mississippi is mainly rural (55.14%) and is ranked as being not only the poorest but also the state with the poorest health in the nation. Gilmore added that to accommodate immediate and extended family financial obligations, the majority of nursing graduate students remain employed while taking classes and frequently work full-time and beyond. “Traineeships are essential to offset the financial burden of nurses desiring to return to school in a poverty-stricken state.”
The nurse practitioner programs at USM tutor nurses in the delivery of patient-centered health care. Courses in evidence-based practice are provided with full-time and part-time options. Information on the HRSA website reveals that millions of Americans are recipients of affordable, first-class health care and other services via the HRSA 90-plus programs and more than 3,000 grantees. Health care is provided to people who are geographically isolated and to those in medically or economically vulnerable circumstances.