Scottsdale Healthcare to Lead Nurse Training

Scottsdale Healthcare is one of five U.S. hospitals selected to participate in a four-year $200 million initiative to help meet the rising need for primary care practitioners. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the initiative will focus on training advanced practice nurses.


In Arizona, the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration will be used to support clinical training of more than 400 nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. Training will be provided at Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals in partnership with the nursing schools at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona university and Grand Canyon University, as well as community-based care organizations representing more than 30 healthcare settings across the state.


Advanced Practice Registered Nurses will gain the clinical skills needed to provide primary care, preventive care, transitional care and chronic care management.


Growing the ranks of advanced practice nurses is an important way to make healthcare more accessible and address Arizona’s shortage of primary care physicians and advanced practice nurses, according to Peggy Reiley, R.N., Ph.D., Scottsdale Healthcare senior vice president and chief clinical officer.


“We’re proud to partner with Arizona’s leading nursing schools in this first-of-its-kind collaboration to help increase access to quality healthcare for all Arizonans,” Reiley said.


Arizona has significantly fewer physicians, residents and advanced practice nurses per capita than the national average, according to Arizona Health Futures, which reports a shortfall of approximately 2,500 of these healthcare providers.


Funding for the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration is provided over four years by HHS’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center, which was created by the Affordable Care Act. The CMS Innovation Center fosters healthcare transformation by finding new ways to pay for and deliver care that improve health while lowering cost.


The initiative will help put more advanced practice nurses on the front lines of the U.S. healthcare system, further strengthening and growing the nation’s primary care workforce, according to HHS.


Submitted by Scottsdale Healthcare

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