Dr. Lynette Stamler, Associate Dean at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, says the grant will help a variety of students and ultimately, many more Nebraskans.
“It’s nurse practicioners who will practice in rural and underserved areas in Nebraska to augment the health care that’s available in those areas,” Stamler says.
The grant will help pay for tuition, supplies and a stipend for current students who are from, or who plan to return to, underserved and rural communities across the state.
“The state health department puts out a map that says, by county, that these are ‘underserved area’ counties,” she says. “In both Nebraska and South Dakota, the majority of the counties are considered underserved.”
Stamler says a similar grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration was given in South Dakota as well. The goal of the grants is to graduate advanced practice nurses more quickly to serve rural communities.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton