Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) End of Program Celebration
On Tuesday, September 18, the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) hosted a celebration to mark the official end of the five-state GNE demonstration, an innovative model of graduate nurse education authorized by the Affordable Care Act. Highlights of the event included remarks from Barbara A. Todd, Director of Graduate Nurse Education at HUP; Linda Aiken, Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Regina Cunningham, CEO of HUP; and Sarah Hexem Hubbard, Executive Director of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and Pennsylvania Action Coalition. In attendance were representatives from the nine participating nursing schools in the GNE Greater Philadelphia Consortium, the Perelman School of Medicine, and the many community partners, health systems, and preceptors.
The demonstration’s findings, which were recently outlined in an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, call for modernizing the way Medicare pays for training nurses, and highlight a successful new model of cost-effectively training more advanced practice nurses to practice community-based primary care.