What is the RNPC Scholar opportunity?

In addition to the many clinical opportunities afforded to all students,

RNPC Scholars will have an opportunity to gain valuable clinical knowledge and experiences in primary care in:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Community and Mental Health Nursing
  • Senior Practicum (optional)

RNPC Scholars will receive:

  • Opportunities to travel to rural and underserved facilities to gain experience in Primary Care (Transportation and Lodging expenses are included)
  • A minimum of 150 hours of training in Primary Care
  • RNPC Scholar Training Certificate
  • RNPC Scholar Designation and Cord at Graduation
  • Stipend (varies depending on course)

How does this affect my other classes?

The RNPC Scholar clinical rotations will not affect the other classes. All Roseman BSN students participate in clinical rotations after they complete the didactic (classroom) component of the course. RNPC Scholars are in the same classes with other students but simply have some different clinical experiences.

Will this be in addition to the BSN program?

No, RNPC Scholars are part of the BSN program cohort.

Where will we be traveling to?

RNPC scholars will have the opportunity to travel to exciting rural and underserved communities throughout  Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Additional locations are being developed at this time.

How long will the travel be?

The overnight travel may vary from course to course, but the maximum is six nights that includes seven overall travel days (including drive time).

What do we need to pay for?

Students will only be responsible for personal costs and not travel-related costs.  Students will be receiving a stipend depending on the course and duration of the clinical rotation assignment.  The RNPC grant will pay for travel (all students must travel together) which will consist of an 8-passenger van or similar mode of transportation.  The RNPC grant will also pay for hotel accommodations.

What are the dates of the travel?

Dates of travel vary depending on the cohort that you are admitted to and where the designated identified clinicals occur during the calendar year.

Am I required to travel?

RNPC scholars are treated as a group, like other groups in the BSN program.  The clinical courses designated for the RNPC experiential assignment are required for all students in the RNPC Scholar group.

How much are the stipends?

Students will be receiving a stipend depending on the course and duration of the clinical rotation assignment. Stipends range from $150 – $500.

Will the RNPC interfere with my opportunity to experience acute care?

Not at all, participants will still have clinical rotations in the acute care/hospital settings.

Can this be put on my resume?

Yes, and is considered an asset in many areas.

Is there extra time commitment?

No, time will be spent within your usual school hours unless you volunteer for an outside activity.

Can I take my kids (family) when I travel?

No, it is not possible at this time.

What is Primary Care?

Primary Care and Primary Health Care are used interchangeably.  According to the United States Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), primary care means the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians, including nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives, who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs within their scopes of practice, developing a sustained partnership with clients, and practicing in the context of family and communities. Critical elements also include accountability of clinicians and systems for quality of care, consumer satisfaction, efficient use of resources, and ethical behavior. Clients have direct access to an appropriate source of care, which continues over time for a variety of problems and includes needs for preventive services.

“Primary Health Care” means care which may be initiated by the client or provider in a variety of settings and which consists of a broad range of personal health care services including:

  • (1) Promotion and maintenance of health;
  • (2) Prevention of illness and disability;
  • (3) Basic care during acute and chronic phases of illness;
  • (4) Guidance and counseling of individuals and families;
  • (5) Referral to other health care providers and community resources when appropriate; and,
  • (6) Nurse-midwifery services when appropriate.

In providing such services:

  • (1) Physical, emotional, social, and economic status, as well as the cultural and environmental backgrounds of individuals, families and communities (where applicable) are considered;
  • (2) The client is provided access to the health care system; and
  • (3) A single provider or team of providers, along with the client, is responsible for the continuing coordination and management of all aspects of basic health services needed for individual and family care.

Why is primary care important in the future of nursing care?

The need for competent Nursing professionals in Primary Care is growing. According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (2016), new models of primary care should be focused on families and individuals; include a redesign of services and structures within primary care; address population health management; have cost control mechanisms; and include system integration and execution.

Nurses are being called to fill primary care roles and to help patients manage chronic illnesses; thereby, minimizing acute care episodes and disease progression. They are expected to use a variety of technological tools and complex information management systems that require skills in analysis and synthesis to improve the quality and effectiveness of care.

Traditional nursing education experiential activities have generally occurred in the acute care (hospital) setting. A change in the American healthcare system is being sought, where we move from an acute-care/illness base to a prevention base. Additionally, nursing students who have an ultimate goal to become a nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse should realize that although there are a small percentage of nurse practitioners who do practice in acute care, nurse practitioners generally dwell and practice in the primary care domain of healthcare.

What does underserved populations mean?

Medically underserved populations include groups of people who are identified by geographic locations that lack access to primary healthcare services.  These areas are found both within urban (large cities) and rural locations (small town).