Grant aims to boost nurses' impact in outpatient care

by Vicky Cerino, UNMC public relations | July 12, 2018

Image with caption: Katie Fiandt, Ph.D.

Katie Fiandt, Ph.D.

The way health care providers are paid is shifting, demanding major changes by providers. Instead of being paid for the number of patients they see and tests ordered, the system is moving toward paying providers based on patient satisfaction, good clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness.

The UNMC College of Nursing has received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration to help meet some of the new demands with a focus on engaging more registered nurses in the management of patients in outpatient settings.

Kate Fiandt, Ph.D., UNMC College of Nursing professor and associate dean for transformational practice and partnerships, said the grant will focus on three areas:

  • updating UNMC undergraduate nursing curriculum to include primary care context and clinical experience;
  • developing a continuing nursing education program for Nebraska nurses interested in enhancing their primary care skills; and
  • creating an urban and rural nurse-managed care team to provide an innovative and intensive primary care student experience.

The college has partnered with Healthcare Association Nebraska, a primary care organization that provides technical support for federally qualified health centers that work with vulnerable populations. Nurse managed care teams will work with two community partners - rural health clinics associated with Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Neb., south of Kearney, and North Omaha Area Health, a nurse-led clinic serving the minority community of north Omaha.

Dr. Fiandt, who is a nurse practitioner, said clinics throughout the state already have started to explore hiring registered nurses in this enhanced role.

"The grant provides an excellent opportunity for the college's three missions -- education, clinical practice and research -- to intersect," said Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D., dean of the UNMC College of Nursing. "We are very excited to be part of this national initiative and to be able to provide our students with an innovative clinical primary care experience."

Registered nurses in primary care practices interested in enhancing their skills, and primary care practices considering training and/or hiring registered nurses for an enhanced primary care role, can contact Dr. Fiandt for more information.

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Sue Brusnahan
July 12, 2018 at 8:22 AM

This should prove to be a boon to the quality of health care in Nebraska. My hat's off to you Kate!

Kathleen Healey
July 12, 2018 at 5:20 AM

Congratulations Kate!