UC-Irvine’s Program in Nursing Science will establish Orange County’s first nurse-managed clinic with the help of a $1.5 million federal grant. Under the five-year grant, UCI will partner with the El Sol School and a Costa Mesa-based poverty relief agency called Share Our Selves.
The new medical center will build upon El Sol’s SOS Wellness Center, expanding upon the current services by enabling UCI’s nurse-practitioner faculty to provide healthcare for the charter school as well as people in the neighborhood. Students who are enrolled in UCI’s nurse practitioner masters program will gain hands-on experience at the healthcare clinic, according to a release by the University. The center will create a win-win environment for those receiving the care as well as those students learning to provide the aid.
"With nurse-practitioners playing a greater role in primary care today, practices like this one are vitally important for delivering much-needed healthcare to underserved communities and for educating tomorrow's nursing workforce," said Susanne Phillips, the UCI associate professor of nursing science who will direct the clinic. "This innovative collaboration will allow for expansion of the services already available at the wellness center."
The clinic is expected to open in Santa Ana as early as January.
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