Our Programs Include:

  1. Residency for Advanced Practice Nurses
  2. Practicum or Internship for Advanced Practice Nurses in Training
  3. Continuing Education on Nursing and Other Health Related Topics and Issues
  4. Collaboration on Nursing and Other Health Related Research Studies
  5. Nursing Textbook Donation Project

1. Residency for Nurse Practitioners

This NEAR Institute’s program is based on the fact that the roles of nurses and nurse practitioners especially in primary health care is expanding rapidly and its quality has to be guarded intentionally, thoughtfully, and proactively.  The number of physicians available does not meet the nation’s primary care needs, particularly for the more than 150 million adults here in the US with chronic conditions, including mental health and substance use disorders. Consequently, many of the traditional primary care physician roles are significantly being taken up by nurse practitioners (NPs). The situation is graver in specialties such as psychiatry where many of the physicians are aging out and retiring at a rate not matched by the number of psychiatrists being produced by the medical schools. While the number of nurse practitioners has tripled in the last ten years, thus helping to bridge the gap between primary care needs and available primary care providers, there is an obvious need for well thought-out residency programs to sharpen the clinical skills of such newly graduated nurse practitioners. Although there are many research findings that nurse practitioners already deliver safe and high-quality primary care, residency and fellowship programs will surely foster their transition to independent clinical practice. Such programs enhance NPs’ efforts in making primary health care accessible, affordable and of high quality. While NPs get about 500 to 600 clinical internship hours while in school, an additional 2,000 residency hours under close mentorship would further strengthen confidence and skill-sets for independent practice.

  • Through this program, the NEAR Institute prepares new nurse practitioners (NPs) for practice in community-based primary care settings. The program is offered depending on availability of grant funds and space
  • The residency is for 12 months
  • Students who have graduated from accredited nurse practitioner programs in the previous 24 months are admitted for the residency
  • Each of the student must have passed their nurse practitioner licensure exam and be licensed in the State of Maryland, with their DEA and CDS certification
  • Successful candidates will be recruited following review of the applications received
  • The trainees attend residency for 40 hours per week
  • Each trainee is paid a stipend/salary of $78,000 and an additional benefit of $5,000 toward professional liability insurance, health insurance, and renewal of their nursing license
  • Each trainee is entitled to a paid three-week vacation
  • The training is provided mainly by physicians and nurse practitioners
  • The training focuses on helping the resident acquire clinical skills in clinical evaluation, medication management, psychosocial assessment, various treatment approaches, professionalism, professional communication and collaboration, claims and billing, professional responsibility, professional mentoring and networking, evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, clinical crisis management, leadership and team work, cultural sensitivity, use of electronic medical records, and use of telehealth

2. Internship or Preceptorship for Nurse Practitioners-in-Training

  • Depending on availability of grant funds and space, the NEAR Institute provides approximately 500 to 600 clinical hours of internship, practicum, or preceptorship to nurse practitioners in training
  • The preceptorship is provided by nurse practitioners and physicians
  • The intern neither pays nor is paid
  • An intern cannot take more than 50% of their required clinical hours in one clinical site

3. Continuing Education Programs

  • The NEAR Institute provides continuing education programs (with or without CEUs) on its website. The training covers a broad spectrum of nursing and other health related topics
  • Most of such training is for a specified fee

4. Partnership and Collaboration on Research Studies

  • The NEAR Institute is open to partnership and collaboration on research studies
  • The study must however relate to nursing and other health related topics
  • It must also be overseen by a specified IRB to ensure adequate ethical requirements of the rights of human subjects
  • We offer consultation on research studies, including preproposal consultation, data entry and data analysis

5. Nursing Textbook Donation Project

  • This project began in April 2008 as Africa Nursing Education Project (ANEP) with the donation of nursing textbooks to nursing schools in Africa, especially Nigeria. Boxes of textbooks have been donated to Abuja, Oshun, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, and Lagos States of Nigeria. A donation was also made to the school of nursing and midwifery, College of Medicine & Health Sciences in Kigali, Rwanda
  • ANEP project has been transferred to the NEAR Institute, which plans to make similar nursing textbook donations to nursing schools in other countries, apart from Nigeria
  • Pictures of some donation events can be found in the photo gallery of our website