- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing has been awarded a $300,000 federal grant to provide financial support to graduate nurse practitioner students from underserved or rural Nebraska areas.

Nursing professor Karen Grigsby says the grant - an Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship - is projected to help 14 or more qualified students across Nebraska in the next year.

The grant comes from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The goal is to increase the number of primary health care providers who can deliver care to those living in areas lacking primary care physicians.

The university says about half of the resident students who’ve graduated from the UNMC College of Nursing master’s degree in nurse practitioner specialties live in rural or underserved areas.

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