Hackensack Meridian Health announced it received a four year, $3.4 million award from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to launch a comprehensive Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. Funding under this initiative is geared to both planning for new program development and expanding existing postgraduate Nurse Practitioner Residency Programs.
“We are proud to receive this federal grant to support our ongoing efforts to train exceptional caregivers to deliver the highest quality care for all,” said Chief Executive Officer Robert Garrett in a statement. “With these funds, Hackensack Meridian Health will help prepare new nurse practitioners for primary care practice in community-based settings in order to bridge the gap between the demand for, and supply of, primary care practitioners in New Jersey, particularly in underserved and rural areas,” he added.
In partnership with its academic partner, Monmouth University, Hackensack Meridian Health said that it will operationalize a rigorous Nurse Practitioner Residency Program in community-based primary care practices in the New Jersey counties of Atlantic, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex and Bergen.
“Hackensack Meridian Health’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program will increase and fine-tune health care skills through hands-on training with the presence and guidance of trained preceptors,” said Theresa Brodrick, executive vice president, network chief nurse executive, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Ten Nurse Practitioners a year in years two to four will participate in 12-month, full-time residency programs, designed to fortify their clinical knowledge and advance their skills to work more effectively with the patients we care for, and enhance our overall capacity to meet the needs of the communities we serve,” Brodrick said.