Thanks to new grant funding, graduates from several ECU College of Nursing departments will be poised to provide health care that makes a big difference in small communities.

The four-year, $2.79 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded to the College of Nursing promises to transform the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) workforce and improve access to health care in rural and underserved areas of eastern North Carolina.

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Academic-Clinical Practice Collaborative will bring together students from three APRN concentrations to learn first-hand about the health care needs in areas that have the least access to care and a high prevalence of farmers, fishers and loggers who face different occupational hazards.

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Originally publisehd Sept. 23, 2019.