The Invest in Nursing grant has had great success over the past three years in the partnership between UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Piedmont Health Services, Inc., with three cohorts of Student Scholars from UNC Chapel Hill, and with three cohorts of Faculty Fellows from across the State of North Carolina. This program is a time-limited grant funded opportunity, provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and will no longer continue programming in this current iteration after the 2021-2022 cohort year. It is our hope that other educational entities will use Invest in Nursing as a blueprint for implementing similar programming. Reach Out

Project Purpose

The Invest in Nursing project seeks to invest in the development of a sustainable primary care nursing workforce to practice in community-based primary care teams in rural and underserved areas of North Carolina.

The overarching goals of this project are to:

  • Redesign the UNC BSN curricula to include innovative pedagogies that infuse the didactic and experiential learning environments with primary care, population health and interprofessional education (IPE)
  • Recruit and train a minimum of fifteen (15) UNC BSN students with additional competencies to practice on community-primary care teams following graduation
  • Develop practicing RN capacity to serve as preceptors and leaders in community-primary care by supporting ten (10) RNs from Piedmont Health Services, Inc. to complete the Primary Care Certificate Program
  • Develop faculty capacity to serve as leaders in community-based care by supporting fifteen (15) nursing faculty to complete the Faculty Fellowship Program