The SON continues to find ways to support our mission, goals, and outreach to the community by implementing different grant programs.

Behavioral health Workforce Education for Longitudinal Learning (BWELL)

The Behavioral health Workforce Education for Longitudinal Learning (BWELL) grant project provides graduate students, accepted into the Washburn Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Family Practice track, with exposure to behavioral health and telehealth visits in the rural primary care setting.  The overarching goal of this project is to prepare new graduate Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) to practice successfully in a rural setting, initiate/manage behavioral health conditions and conduct telehealth visits.  Additionally, the BWELL project will enhance and expand an innovative FNP education model to accomplish four aims:

  1. Augment BSN-DNP FNP educational curriculum to include substance use disorders, chronic pain management, and application of telehealth technology in HPSA designated primary care settings in rural/underserved communities.
  2. Improve the quality of preceptor-directed clinical training of FNP students by supporting, training, and retaining current preceptors and recruiting new preceptors.
  3. Collaborate with academic-practice partners to incorporate telehealth technology, bridging the gap between front line providers and clinical specialists.
  4. Expand an existing academic pipeline from student clinical experiences in rural and underserved areas to graduate employment in those same clinical settings.

Students accepted to participate in this project will receive traineeship funds for tuition, textbooks, and associated fees. BWELL Trainees will also have unique clinical immersion experiences in primary care settings that integrate behavioral health and telehealth into practice.

Applications are accepted yearly in the spring semester.  To be eligible for funds, candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be enrolled in clinical courses.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under ANEW grant number T94HP30883.  Project is funded with a Federal award of $2,447,240 (0% non-federal funds).  This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsement be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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School of Nursing
Petro Allied Health Center
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621-1117

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