VCU School of Nursing receives $2.6M award to improve educational and clinical practices in primary care setting

The VCU School of Nursing has received a $2.6 million award to advance nursing’s influence in the primary care setting through educational and clinical practice improvements.

The award from the Health Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was granted to Tamara Zurakowski, Ph.D., clinical associate professor and director of undergraduate programs in the VCU School of Nursing.

The funding will be used to provide education of undergraduate students, sponsor continuing education for nurses currently working in primary care settings, assist primary care practices with adapting their practice models to support effective nursing care, and institute quality improvement programs in primary care practices. Over the course of the four-year project, 60 nursing students, 40 practicing nurses, and 30 clinical administrators and staff members will be educated in effective primary care interventions that allow nurses to practice efficiently, produce excellent patient outcomes, and remain financially sustainable.

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Dr. Tamara Zurakowski

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