Leanne Clark-Shirley presented this poster with results of an evaluation of the Graduate Nurse Education project and its effects on increasing APRN student enrollment and graduations at the 2018 AcademyHealth Annual Reaearch Meeting.
Karikari-Martin, P., Zapata, D., Clark-Shirley, L., Hesgrove, B., Pedersen, S., Bertane, C., Gale, B., Harris, K. & Kauffman, K. (2018, June). The Graduate Nurse Education Project: An Innovative Approach to Increase the Pipeline of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Poster presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Seattle, WA.
The Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) project mandated under Section 5509 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 allowed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide payments to five eligible hospitals for the reasonable costs that their 19 partner schools of nursing (SONs) and over 1,475 partner community based care settings (CCSs) incurred in providing qualified clinical training to APRN students. The GNE project tests the feasibility of expanding the pipeline of the APRN workforce by increasing the enrollment and graduation of APRN students through innovative partnerships between hospitals, SONs, and CCSs. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of the GNE project on increasing APRN student enrollment and graduation for the clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist, and certified nurse-midwife specialties.
The DID results show that the GNE project increased annual APRN student enrollment by about 87 students per SON and increased annual graduations by about 27 students per SON, relative to the comparison group. These increases were statistically significant. Results also show that the largest increases in enrollment and graduations were for the nurse practitioner specialty and among students in the Master?s program. Qualitative findings suggest that increased APRN enrollments and graduations were supported by the use of CMS payments to build partnerships, transform clinical training placement processes, increase the number of clinical training opportunities, and invest in clinical placement coordination.
Findings from this study suggest that the GNE project, an innovative approach that encourages building unique partnerships between hospitals, SONs, and clinical practice sites, was successful in increasing APRN student enrollment and graduations.