WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) announced a $12,516 grant today that will help fund Fairfield University’s Primary-care Outcome Valued Initiative for Delivery of Education (PROVIDE). The funding will be used to support students at Fairfield University’s School of Nursing in their nurse practitioner educational programs in order to increase the workforce of future primary care nurse practitioners.

“As a former EMT, I know that training the next generation of healthcare professionals is vital to ensuring the health and well-being of our communities,” said Congressman Himes. “As our country continues to face a severe shortage of nurses, the work they perform in caring for the sick is invaluable, and I look forward to seeing Fairfield University’s new nursing students use the skills they learn in school to serve those in need.”

“We were thrilled to learn that we will receive this competitive and prestigious award,” said Meredith Wallace Kazer PhD, CNL, APRN, A/GNP- BC, FAAN, Professor, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs at Fairfield University School of Nursing. “The nurse traineeship funds will greatly assist Fairfield University in educating the next generation of primary care nurse practitioner providers.”

The funding for Fairfield University’s nurse anesthetist traineeships was awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships grant program. This is the second year in a row that the school has been awarded this grant; last year, Fairfield University received a $20,508 grant for the same program.