URI nursing school lands $3.8M in federal grants

PROVIDENCE, RI – One of the federal grants will help URI's nursing school recruit more minorities and military veterans into the nurse practitioner program. Another will develop a new program to educate doctors in nursing and acute care nurses who will be able to provide more complex care to the elderly. Interim dean Mary Sullivan says the grants come in response to the nursing school's interest in preparing nurses for the more advanced practice the state's aging population will need.

"And they're in response to changes in the health care environment. And they're also aimed at improving the health care for underrepresented and disadvantaged people," said Sullivan.

Those changes include the Affordable Care Act's emphasis on more primary and preventative care, in which Sullivan says nurse practitioners will play a strong role.