Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Veteran Nurses in Primary Care (VNPC) Training Program

Announcement Number:

Bureau of Health Workforce

Date(s) to Apply:
01/07/2019 to 03/22/2019

Estimated Award Date:

What is the program?

The Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR)-Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Program recruits and trains nursing students and current registered nurses (RNs) to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care teams. 

This program aims to increase access to care, with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use disorders. 

The NEPQR- VNPC Training Program is an expansion of the NEPQR-RNPC investment specifically targeting undergraduate nursing students who are veterans and current primary care RNs. 

What are the objectives?

  • Recruit primary care-oriented veteran undergraduate nursing students committed to practicing in non-institutional settings to provide primary health care in medically underserved communities;
  • Provide longitudinal clinical training experiences for veteran undergraduate nursing students in community-based primary care;
  • Offer continuing professional development in primary care for practicing RNs, clinical preceptors, and faculty aimed at developing primary care expertise and skillsets to provide high-quality care that addresses the unique needs of veterans with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use disorders;
  • Enhance didactic and clinical training curricula to integrate primary care, population health, and interprofessional education (IPE) with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use disorders; 
  • Facilitate partnerships between veteran, academia, and clinical partners via a partnership liaison; and
  • Address physical, emotional, and environmental issues that may be unique to veterans that could potentially impact learning, negatively interfere with program completion, and deter gainful employment in nursing after graduation.

Like the NEPQR-RNPC Program, the NEPQR-VNPC Training Program aims to achieve a sustainable primary care nursing workforce equipped with the competencies necessary to:

  • deliver value-based primary care, improve the distribution of the nursing workforce;
  • increase access to care; and
  • improve population health outcomes by strengthening the capacity for basic nurse education and practice.

Are you eligible?

In accordance with Sections 831(g) and 831A(f) of PHS Act, eligible applicants include accredited schools of nursing as defined by section 801(2), health care facilities, or a partnership of such a school and facility.

Schools of nursing affiliated with the proposed project must be an accredited public or private school. 

Applicants must provide documentation of current accreditation by a national nurse education accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the purposes of nursing education as Attachment 1. 

Individuals are not eligible to apply.  

In addition to the 50 states, eligible entities in the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau may apply. 

Tribes and tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible. 

Foreign entities are not eligible.


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