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


Student Scholars

SON Curriculum

The UNC-CH School of Nursing will be implementing a new curriculum in 2019.

As health care delivery is rapidly changing, there is wide consensus that nursing education needs to adapt to improve the health of the public. This project will help to redesign the existing curriculum in our undergraduate nursing programs by establishing a strategic alliance between PHS and the UNC-CH SON. These alliances will help to expand clinical placement experiences and teaching/learning strategies to support additional competency development to prepare each cohort of students for employment in community-based primary care teams following graduation.

Required Courses

Each cohort of students will enroll in the following courses to enhance their training experience:

Student Health Action Coalition (NURS 600):

Students will register for NURS 600: SHAC. They will join students from other health affairs schools to serve on the Student Health Action Coalition, an entity devoted to the improvement of healthcare and health education in Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. Faculty and students from the schools of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, Physical Therapy, and Social Work volunteer at a community clinic that delivers efficient effective and care, emphasizing prevention, education and referral to the underserved community free-of-charge. The clinic provides students a chance to practice skills, learn in an interdisciplinary environment and gain personal satisfaction by helping the community.

¡A su salud! Spanish for Health Professionals (PUBH 613):

Students will register for PUBH 613: ¡A su salud! Spanish for Health Professionals. This course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of students in the health professions. It is one of the first university courses anywhere in the country to interweave culture, language instruction, and health care material. As such, students will be performing a variety of exercises and activities designed to strengthen each of these areas. The class meets once a week for a semester.

Support Costs

Students will receive financial support in the form of tuition benefits, student health insurance, a paid summer internship, and a trainee stipend.


Enrolled students can access Invest in Nursing related materials by visiting the Sakai site.