EL PASO — A $787,202 grant will help the UTEP School of Nursing to increase the number of trauma care nurses in hospital emergency rooms.
The funding came from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, with an aim to establish the Emergency and Trauma Care Education Partnership Program (ETEP) at the School of Nursing, which will prepare registered nurses and nurse practitioners in emergency and trauma care through August 2013.
With support from Tenet Healthcare Corp., 49 pediatric and adult/geriatric acute care nurse practitioner students will train in its Sierra Providence Health Network (SPHN) facilities to obtain the skills and experience they need to deliver advanced, direct patient care in emergency and trauma settings.
“The UTEP School of Nursing is proud of our community partnership with Tenet Healthcare,” said School of Nursing Dean Elias Provencio-Vasquez, Ph.D. “We look forward to working with them to build a cadre of quality acute care nurse practitioners to meet the growing need in El Paso.”
Funds will be used to hire pediatric and adult/geriatric acute care nurse practitioner faculty, and to provide students with stipends to pay for tuition and books. The grant also will pay to train 24 nurse practitioners from Tenet to take the Trauma Nurse Core Certification or to become nationally certified emergency room nurses.
“The Sierra Providence Health Network is committed to the quality, efficiency and accessibility of care for our community,” said Patricia A. Duran, D.N.P., chief nursing officer at Sierra Providence East Medical Center.
(Photo, bottom row from left: Monique Lambert, D.N.P.; Kris Robinson, Ph.D.; and Kathy Doll. Top row from left: Karen Fowler; Kathyrn Reveles; School of Nursing Dean Elias Provencio-Vasquez, Ph.D.; Patricia Duran, D.N.P., Tracey Merworth.)