Topic: Alexa Stuifbergen

New Doctoral Degree for Nurses Approved for UT Austin

Nov. 18, 2014

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has received approval from the University of Texas System Board of Regents to launch a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree program, a professional doctoral program designed to prepare graduates for today's increasingly complex health care practice and clinical leadership roles.

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Nursing Training Grant Will Help Alleviate Primary Care Shortage

Oct. 3, 2012

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to create an advanced education nursing trainee program to meet the growing demand for primary care services.

According to the HRSA, the current primary care workforce in the United States is inadequate to meet the growing demand for primary care services. Moreover, an aging workforce, the increasing demand for preventative health services and an expansion of health care coverage from the Affordable Care Act will probably widen the gap between demand and the available primary care workforce.

The nation's projected unmet need for primary caregivers could be as large as 63,000 by 2015, and the HRSA grant is designed to help address this shortage by providing support to students in primary care nurse practitioners (NPs) programs.

"Providing adequate health care to a growing and aging population is putting a strain on the current system," said Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the School of Nursing. "More persons are seeking help at a time when the way care is provided is changing more rapidly than ever. We are grateful for the opportunity this grant affords us to train and prepare more NPs to address this significant need."

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing's nurse practitioner program began in 1993 and has since graduated 216 NPs and an additional 44 nurses who have completed the post-master's certification. This year's grant to the School of Nursing is more than triple the amount of similar HRSA grants in the past ($84,855 last year and $72,946 in 20102011).

The School of Nursing is one of the leading nursing schools in the nation, with a history of excellence in academics, research and service. The School supports two community-based clinics the Children's Wellness Center and the Family Wellness Center that provide a wide range of health care services to medically underserved people in the Austin area and serve as clinical placement sites for nurse practitioner students. The Family Wellness Center is home to an innovative nurse practitioner residency program, the only one of its kind in the southern United States.

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Answering the call

Dec. 8, 2011
Answering the call

With $3 million from the St. David's Foundation, the School of Nursing will improve the health of underserved populations in central Texas and beyond.

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University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing to Improve Access to Primary Care with $842,000 in St. David's Foundation Grants

April 28, 2011

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has received grants totaling $842,000 from the St. David's Foundation to expand its nurse practitioner program and provide much needed primary care support.

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Alexa Stuifbergen Appointed University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Dean

Dec. 22, 2010

Dr. Alexa Stuifbergen, professor of nursing at The University of Texas at Austin and an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome and fibromyalgia, has been appointed dean of the School of Nursing.

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