Academic Partnerships: Preparing Nurse Practitioners for Underserved Populations


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Abstract

Medically underserved populations suffer disproportionately from disease and poor health, and nursing schools are challenged to prepare nurse practitioner students to effectively care for underserved patients. This article describes one university’s endeavor to create and evaluate academic partnerships with HIV/hepatitis C virus primary care clinics in underserved settings. Designated preceptorships and specific preparation of students tailored for this population via online modules were strategies created to increase students’ readiness to practice as primary care providers and increase clinical placements for nurse practitioner students. Outcomes include student readiness to practice and student satisfaction with clinics and preceptors.

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