Nursing Education and Research Institute (NEAR Institute) is a non-profit organization incorporated and located in Maryland for the advancement of nursing education and research, nationally and internationally. Our purpose is to provide supplementary and continuing education programs and resources for nurses, especially advanced practice nurses, preparing them to work in primary care settings, particularly in rural and underserved populations. Our programs include advanced-practice nursing practicum, residency, internships, CEUs, and various certifications. We partner and collaborate with individuals, institutions and organizations on nursing and other health related research studies. We also support nursing education in developing countries through our book donation project.

Our Mission

NEAR Institute’s Mission is to provide access to nursing internship, advanced-practice nursing practicum, nursing residency, and other continuing education opportunities that enable nurses and nurse practitioners to strengthen their clinical skills and attitude for safe and high-quality professional nursing practice.

Our Vision

NEAR Institute’s Vision is to be recognized as a leader and the most trusted non-profit organization in the business of fostering and advancing nursing education both nationally and internationally.

Collaboration and Clinical Sites

The NEAR Institute collaborates with many organizations and institutions on activities related to advanced-practice nursing practicum or internship, nursing residency, nursing research, consultancy, fundraising, curriculum development, and grant writing and implementation. Our main collaborating partner is Optimum Health Systems, Inc., an outpatient mental health center located in Baltimore Maryland. We are continually seeking additional collaborating partners that can foster the advancement of our vision.