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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sep 20, 2006    #142
Contact: Jacki Witt, J.D., M.S.N., UMKC School of Nursing
(816) 235-1721

Federal government awards $2.7 million to School of Nursing

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing will receive $2,725,000 over the next four years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a one-of-a-kind clinician training program. The program will be implemented across the U.S.

The U.S. Office of Family Planning is seeking to create a new training approach after finding that more hands-on clinical support and training is needed by health care practitioners who work in family planning clinics for low-income, underinsured people, a population which is disproportionately composed of racial and ethnic minority women.

The new funding will allow the UMKC School of Nursing to create a standardized curriculum, develop centrally coordinated training processes, and put on national clinical training meetings. The aim is to provide hands-on training to 200 preceptors in four years. The initiative will ultimately be self-sustaining.

The preceptor training course will be developed and piloted in Kansas City in the first year, with courses being conducted in other locations in subsequent years.

Recently recognized nationally by Cherokee Uniforms for her work as an advanced practice nurse, Jacki Witt, J.D., M.S.N., with the UMKC School of Nursing will lead the $2.7 million program in partnership with Development Systems, Inc., the UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers. The UMKC School of Nursing will be the site for the national program.

"The work that the School of Nursing will be undertaking through this grant leverages UMKC's initiatives in translational research, allowing us to truly impact the quality of patient health care on a national level," said John Baumann, Ph.D., UMKC vice provost for research. "It also yields immediate, tangible benefits to Kansas City's low income and underinsured, which is central to our mission as an urban research university."

This grant is the largest received by the UMKC School of Nursing since its Office of Research was established in 2001.

"This is exciting and definitely moves us forward in a major way in strengthening UMKC's expertise in women's health," said Lora Lacey-Haun, dean of the UMKC School of Nursing. Faculty at the School of Nursing continue to conduct research that translates basic life science findings into more effective patient care. The school's research focus emphasizes health care issues for women, children and adolescents; as well as research that considers cultural and political perspectives.

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.

The UMKC School of Nursing offers a wide range of clinical experiences, research and specialty opportunities. Affiliated clinical facilities include Truman Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital and nearly 100 community-wide facilities in the Kansas City metro area. For more information about the UMKC School of Nursing, please visit www.umkc.edu/nursing/.

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