Program Description

The Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Bachelor of Science in Nursing Practicums in Community Settings (NEPQR-BPCS) program aims to increase experiential training opportunities for senior-level BSN students in primary care community-based settings by (1) establishing and expanding upon academic-practice partnerships between schools of nursing and community-based clinical sites; and (2) providing senior-level BSN students with meaningful clinical experiences and training in medically underserved and rural communities. This experiential training will lead to increased competencies in primary care and ultimately improved distribution of the nursing workforce.

General Program Requirements

NEPQR-BPCS applicants are required to apply as part of an academic-practice partnership between one or more schools of nursing and one or more primary care practice sites located in underserved and/or rural settings. Applicants are required to provide robust clinical immersion experiences in community-based, primary care sites in rural and underserved areas.

All applicants must outline a plan to increase the number of senior-level BSN students who receive extended community-based clinical training experiences by:

  • Building on an academic-practice partnership between one or more schools of nursing and one or more primary care practice sites located in underserved and/or rural settings. The lead applicant, if a school of nursing, must apply in partnership with at least one health care facility. Likewise, the lead applicant, if a health care facility must apply in partnership with at least one school of nursing. The partnership must display commitments on behalf of all partners to support this initiative including significant leveraged resources, joint participant and outcomes tracking, and curriculum development to ensure that both the academic and clinical practicums are supported by this program;
  • Recruiting and matching senior-level BSN students to practice sites for three-month to six-month clinical training in primary care practice sites located in underserved and/or rural settings.
  • Enrolling five or more senior-level BSN students per three-month to-six month rotations are required; and
  • Assigning a dedicated, full-time, qualified RN with community-based primary care experience to act as a role model and preceptor. The preceptor will train participants to work at the top of the scope of their license and find opportunities to continually expand the role of BSNs that practice in community settings.
  • Applicants must propose academic-practice partnerships that include practice sites that utilize innovative, team-based models of healthcare delivery, inter-operative health information technology, and have the capacity to support practicum slots in primary care practice sites located in underserved and/or rural settings. All partners must demonstrate organizational commitment to diversity and care delivery in underserved and rural populations.
  • And meet other program requirements as specified in Funding Opportunity Announcement(s).

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information about all this and other potential HRSA funding opportunities, please visit the HRSA Open Opportunities page.

Program Contact Information

Marian Smithey
Nurse Consultant
MSmithey@hrsa.gov
(301) 443-3831

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.359
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Length of Program2 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes

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