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Authors

  1. Nichols, Lynn Stover PhD, RN, BC, SANE
  2. Pollio, E. Whitney EdD, MSN, RN
  3. Patton, Emily DNP, CRNP, FNP-C
  4. Johnson, Cori DNP, CRNP, AGNPC
  5. Shirey, Maria R. PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FNAP, FAAN

Abstract

Background: Primary care health settings provide access to services for underserved populations, yet baccalaureate (BSN)-prepared nurses are currently underutilized on the primary care health care team.

 

Problem: BSN curricula often focus on acute care settings for clinical experiences, and students may not be aware of the scope and impact the RN has in a primary care setting. This gap in experiences may lead to overlooking primary care employment opportunities.

 

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of an innovative course that builds the primary care nurse workforce capacity.

 

Approach: An undergraduate elective course focusing on primary care didactic and clinical experiences was created.

 

Outcomes: Qualitative student feedback regarding the course was positive, while quantitative data revealed an above-average course outcome rating.

 

Conclusions: An effective intervention to increase workforce capacity in primary care settings is to immerse students in primary care concepts and experiences in a formal, combined didactic and clinical course.