- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas Eleanor Mann School of Nursing has received a $1 million federal grant to increase the number of advanced practice registered nurses.

The grant will be paid over three years for the program that’s aimed at helping meet the health and wellness needs of Arkansas’ medically underserved populations.

Assistant professor of nursing Anna Jarrett will oversee the grant project. Jarrett says clinical partnerships formed during the project will implement a collaborative plan to enhance the educational experience of both clinical workers and students.

The project is expected to establish partnerships at seven practice sites and prepare 30 practice-ready, culturally fluent graduates who will seek employment in medically underserved, minority and rural communities.

Jarrett says the grant proposal was a group effort by nursing faculty of the programs.

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