• Federal Grant of $2.7 Million will Fund Development of a Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Residency Program

    Bassett Healthcare Network, Bassett Medical Center

    July 29, 2019

    A $2.7 million dollar start-up grant has been awarded to Bassett Medical Center for the development of a nurse practitioner primary care residency program in the Bassett network. Bassett was one of eight institutions nationwide to receive the Health Resources and Services Administration grant.

    The nurse practitioner (NP) primary care residency will be integrated into one of Bassett’s primary care practices at FoxCare Center in Oneonta. The program will accept four NP residents in year two, eight in year three, and ten residents in year four.

    Gregory Rys, DNP, FNP-BC, was the lead researcher for the grant project and is director of the Bassett network’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.

    “We envision a program that will provide an integrative training platform for new nurse practitioners so they can confidently and proficiently serve as a primary care provider in a complex health-care arena,” explains Dr. Rys. “Our desired outcomes from this training program include improved job satisfaction for new nurse practitioners and for the practitioners and support staff in the primary care practice. Ultimately, we expect this residency program will lead to improved global health of the rural communities we serve by expanding access to quality health and wellness services.”

    Bassett Medical Center has a long and illustrious history of training the next generation in innovation and leadership in rural medicine. The hospital started its first medical residency programs in 1927 and its first nurse training programs in the 1950s. This newest residency program responds to a 2010 report on the future of nursing by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The IOM report called for residency training for all advanced practice registered nurses, including nurse practitioners. IOM renewed that recommendation in 2015.

    Bassett will launch its newest residency program in July of 2020 in conjunction with its academic partners Columbia University, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Upstate and SUNY Polytechnic. Candidates for the Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program in rural primary care medicine must be recent graduates of a Masters in Nursing or Doctors of Nursing Practice program, and certified as a family nurse practitioner with a stated commitment to practice as a primary care provider in a rural or underserved setting.