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GW School Of Nursing Partners With Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

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Published on Apr 24, 2012

Officials from the George Washington University School of Nursing and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College formalized a partnership agreement that will allow nursing students from the community college to pursue advanced education while still serving the communities they live in.

To address the local and national health care issue of access to primary care, GW approached Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) last spring about working together to improve the critical health care needs in rural Virginia. The resulting partnership has the potential to greatly improve primary care access in the Shenandoah Valley. Educating just four new nurses a year will create approximately 20,000 new primary care visits annually. Also, bringing midwifery to these communities is critical since no obstetricians practice there.

"This innovative public-private partnership directly addresses Governor McDonnell's call for more Virginians earning degrees, particularly in high demand fields like health care," said Virginia Secretary of Education Laura Fornash. "Ensuring underserved communities receive the medical care they need is important to the health of our communities as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia. This partnership represents a firm commitment from two schools of excellence and one we hope will serve as a model for the rest of the state and the country."

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