AltaMed respectfully requests $4,000,000 over the four-year period ($1,000,000 per year) for the proposed The AltaMed Community Nursing Leadership Program (CNLP), which will reimagine and enhance the nursing workforce in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to develop longitudinal experiential learning, training and leadership opportunities for BSN students through mobile nursing programming in collaboration with Cal State LA Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing (CSULA-PACSON) and community partners. CNLP will be a part of AltaMed’s Nursing Workforce Initiative, a new initiative and institutional strategic goal to recruit, retain and develop a FQHC nursing workforce to practice at the top of their profession and engage nurses as leaders through the development of nurse-led mobile unit teams, nurse-led clinics, and nurse residency program. The proposed project responds to two clinical priorities of HHS and HRSA: equity in HHS Service delivery and refugee immigration/ unaccompanied children. If funded, the project will address the systemic shortage of RNs at FQHCs and mitigate the challenges of recruiting and retaining RNs in community health centers by developing the first FQHC led RN Residency Program for new graduate RNs (NGRNs) and immersive professional development opportunities for the nursing faculty and workforce. Project Goals/ Objectives: The primary goals of CNLP are to (1) Establish Nurse-led mobile units to provide care to high Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) communities devastated by the pandemic; (2) Expand the nursing workforce by creating experiential learning opportunities for 30 BSN nursing students emphasizing advanced nursing skills and care delivery in underserved communities; (3) Provide didactic nursing education geared toward the delivery of culturally competent care, addressing SDOH while developing skills in leadership, communication, and critical thinking in a technologically innovative and collaborative practice e
nvironment; (4) Foster a community-based learning environment which mentors nursing students to identify and implement evidence-based best practices medically underserved communities; and (5) Increase the diversity of the nursing workforce by recruiting and supporting students and faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented populations. The goals will be achieved by these six objectives: (a) developing nurse-led mobile health units to provide quality health care to underserved communities; (b) utilizing the NEPQR-MHTP as an experiential platform for BSN nursing students; (c) expanding access to health care services in underserved communities through the use of the mobile health unit and innovative technology; (d) enhancing current curriculum to integrate SDOH concepts, providing a foundation for nurses/nursing students to address and improve patient health outcomes; (e) implementing professional development programs and sharing resources with faculty and preceptors related to social determinants; and (f) developing a nursing workforce that address the needs of the target populations being served in underserved communities. Outcomes: By the end of the grant period, 100% of BSN students (30) will complete the summer program; 90% of BSN students (27) will persist in completing their longitudinal training; More than half of graduates will join AltaMed’s RN Residency Program; 80% of RN Residents will be retained; Internal CEUs will be developed to support infrastructure for professional development of staff and faculty; All project faculty and staff and staff in anchor clinics and nursing clinics will be trained in Collaborative Team Based Care; NPS: From a scale of 1-10, 100% of fellows rate 8 or higher in the likelihood of recommending the program to others. Annually, 2,000 vulnerable community members will receive nursing and collaborative services through the mobile health program, with half receiving continuity of care and care coordination through
our nursing clinics.