Mainebiz reports UMaine to establish nurse practitioner training program

Mainebiz reported the University of Maine will establish a yearlong nurse practitioner residency training program in partnership with Penobscot Community Health Care, Harrington Family Health Center and Hometown Health Center in Newport. The program will be supported by a $1.7 million federal grant and is part of a plan by the University of Maine System to respond to a statewide shortage of nurses — the shortfall is expected to reach 2,700 vacancies by 2025, the article states. The program will provide intensive training in primary care for up to four future nurse practitioners. Since 2017, the UMaine School of Nursing has increased enrollment with a goal to graduate 10 nurse practitioners annually, according to Mainebiz.