Emory In MOTION

Emory Nursing’s Mobile Opportunities for Training and Innovating: Nursing

Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) received a $3.9 million award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand access to primary care for medically underserved communities through nurse-led mobile health units while strengthening training to diverse nursing students, both pre and post licensure, in social determinants of health and culturally and linguistically sensitive care integration in mobile health environments.

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In collaboration with Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement

Objectives

Emory in MOTION is a collaboration that aims to expand mobile health care services to nine Georgia counties with medically underserved populations. Each mobile health unit will be equipped to provide nurse-led, quality health care. The four-year project expands on the school's long-standing partnerships with community-based and public health organizations in both the metro Atlanta area and Moultrie, Ga.

The program is an immersive clinical experiential platform for 28 pre-licensure and 12 advanced practice nursing students. With this program, nursing students across the BSN, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner programs will work to increase the number of patients served in these communities by 20 percent using culturally appropriate linguistic and health literacy approaches and innovative technology solutions.

Emory in MOTION will include Implementation of five web-based professional development modules related to social determinants developed by diverse nursing faculty and shared with faculty, preceptors, and GA RNs through Emory Nursing’s continuing education platform.

The Emory in MOTION program will address:

  • Fragmented healthcare
  • Too much emphasis/resources devoted on acute care
  • Income defines/determines health care received
  • Need to have community-based primary healthcare to meet needs for:
  • Behavioral health integrated with medical care
  • Health promotion/wellness emphasis
  • Care coordination for patients with multiple problems/co-morbidities
  • Coaching for self-management
  • Attention to social determinants of health
  • Increase access to care

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For Prospective Students

MSN (FNP, AGPCNP tracks) and BSN-junior nursing students selected to participate in the program will receive scholarship support and will complete at least 80 clinical hours in mobile health environment at one of the community-based organizations such as Boat People SOS or Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. The grant will also fund creation and deployment of professional development modules related to social determinants of health for preceptors, and GA RNs working or transitioning into nurse-led mobile primary care settings.

Application Process:

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  • You must be an accepted student to the BSN or MSN programs at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
  • Submit a 300 to 500-word essay about why you would be a good fit for the Emory In MOTION program.
  • Please include a description of any relevant experience and describe your perspective on nurse-led mobile health care for medically underserved and/or vulnerable populations.
  • Submit a reference from one professional familiar with your background, interests, and abilities. Your reference should submit their letter directly to EmoryInMOTION@Emory.edu

Application deadline:  February 29, 2024. Those accepted will be contacted no later than March 15, 2024.

Resource Guide

The resources in this guide are intended to be open access and accessible to all nurses, particularly those working in ambulatory and primary care in searching for evidence-based information.

Specifics for Admitted Emory In MOTION Scholars

  • 7 BSN and 3 MSN (FNP, AGPCNP) students recruited yearly 
  • $2,000 scholarship each semester
  • Complete 80 clinical hours in nurse-led mobile health units
  • Students will have the option to participate in Georgia Farmworker's Health Program in Moultrie, GA, in Summer
  • Interface of EMORY IN MOTION with BSN and MSN curricula through specific courses for at least 80 clinical hours in nurse-led mobile health units

Coursework for BSN Students:

  • Fall 1: NRSG 309 Social Responsibility & Ethics (30 hours at AHRC or BPSOS)
  • Spring 1: NRSG 315 Population Health (60 hours at AHRC or BPSOS)
  • Summer Externship: (up to 40 hours at Migrant Farm Worker Family Health Project in Moultrie, GA)
  • Fall 2: NRSG 502 Primary Care Elective (25 hours of simulation/telehealth at BPSOS)
  • Spring 2: NRSG 432 Ambulatory Care (24 hours at AHRC or BPSOS)

Coursework for MSN Students:

  • Fall 1: Optional 20 clinical hours at Metro Atlanta sites
  • Spring: 40 hours or more at either Metro Atlanta sites or Ellenton Mobile Clinic site
  • Summer: Ellenton Farm Worker immersion (up to 100 clinical hours at Ellenton Migrant Farm Worker Family Health Project in Moultrie, GA)
  • Fall 2: Optional (depending on site and preceptor availability) 80 clinical hours at Metro Atlanta sites

Nursing Experience Modules

A collaboration of 2HEAL (Toward Health Equity and Literacy) and Emory In MOTION (Emory Nursing’s Mobile Opportunities for Training and Innovating: Nursing).

2HEAL & Emory In MOTION proudly offer enriching professional development modules within the ENE course catalog. Elevate your nursing expertise with these transformative modules today.

Bridging the Gap: Assessing and Addressing SDoH in Clinical Practice (1.25 Credits)

Elevate your nursing practice by enrolling in our online course, where we delve deep into the critical realm of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). SDoH encompass the pivotal factors shaping health and well-being across diverse demographics. Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has crafted an innovative framework that comprehensively weaves the study of SDOH into higher education nursing. Join us and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and address these essential determinants, enabling you to provide holistic, patient-centered care and make a lasting impact on healthcare outcomes.

Bridging the Gap: Assessing and Addressing SDOH in Clinical Practice

Health Literacy (.75 Credits)

Unlock the power of health literacy and take your nursing skills to the next level with the Health Literacy online course. Discover how employing health literacy best practices can not only foster trust but also drive forward health equity. Trust is a cornerstone of patient engagement and healthy behavior promotion. At Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, we've pioneered a framework that seamlessly incorporates health literacy into higher education nursing. Enroll today to gain the expertise that will set you apart as a healthcare professional dedicated to improving patient outcomes and promoting equitable healthcare for all.

Health Literacy

Bridging the Gap: Assessing and Addressing SDoH in Clinical Practice (1.25 Credits)
Health Literacy (.75 Credits)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is EMORY IN MOTION project about? What is the purpose of the EMORY IN MOTION grant/scholarship?

EMORY IN MOTION is an educational grant funded by the Health Resources Service Administration to Emory University School of Nursing to help to increase the number of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and primary care MSN track graduates prepared with extra knowledge and skills to better serve a diverse patient population in the mobile health settings. Through a competitive process, we select 10 EMORY IN MOTION scholars each year (7 from the BSN track and 3 from the MSN tracks). A great thing about EMORY IN MOTION is that it is fully integrated into your nursing program, meaning you still have the same classes and clinical experiences of students who are not part of the program (i.e. you will still do clinical in acute care settings etc.). The difference for EMORY IN MOTION scholars is that when you are doing community-based and primary care experiences they will be completed at one of our clinical partners’ sites, including one in Moultrie, GA.

Am I obligated to work in mobile health or primary care upon graduation?

No, you are not. However, we hope by the time you graduate you will recognize the importance of primary care and mobile health in reaching the communities in need. Much of what you learn will be useful to you when caring for patients from a diverse background, regardless of the care environment, as you will understand the social determinants of health that affect their health behaviors or health outcomes. If you plan to work in primary care and/or nurse-led mobile health units either upon graduation or later in your career, we hope to have prepared you well.

What is the amount of the EMORY IN MOTION scholarship?

Students selected as EMORY IN MOTION scholars will receive $2,000 per semester, with a total of $8,000 for four semesters of the BSN or MSN program of study, and housing and transportation support along with a small stipend for those who do summer (June) immersion in Moultrie, Georgia.

What is my commitment if I receive the scholarship?

EMORY IN MOTION scholars are required to sign an agreement prior to being admitted to the program to make sure they understand the different activities that HRSA, our EMORY IN MOTION grant funding agency, said we must have students complete. The activities are as follows:

  • Complete at least 80 clinical hours in a nurse-led mobile health setting at one of the clinical partner sites such as Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, BPSOS, or Ellenton Migrant Farm clinic in Moultrie, GA. (Note: this 80-hour requirement is part of the total clinical hours that are required to complete your nursing program. EMORY IN MOTION scholars complete their 80 hours at nurse-led mobile health units, whereas students who are not in EMORY IN MOTION would complete these 80 hours at other clinical sites where Emory School of Nursing assigns nursing students.)
  • BSN students: Complete a two-credit hour Primary Care Nursing course in the third or fourth semester of their program. BSN students are required to complete 4 elective credits. EMORY IN MOTION students will complete the Primary Care Nursing course to fulfill 2 credits of this elective requirement.
  • MSN students will be required to complete a set of online modules with CNEs and a pre-immersion rural health course.
  • Participate in a Summer Clinical Immersion program at one of the primary care sites (Moultrie).
  • Participate in activities that EMORY IN MOTION faculty believe will enhance competencies in primary care nursing (Note: these activities will be planned to work within your academic program).
  • Participate in EMORY IN MOTION Cohort meetings.
  • Several program evaluations and follow-up surveys will be required throughout the course of the program. All students are expected to participate and respond to all program evaluations in a timely manner.
  • EMORY IN MOTION scholars are expected to actively participate in Clinical Immersions which includes regular attendance, being prompt, and maintaining professional etiquette with Clinical Partners, patients, and colleagues. MOTION scholars should communicate regularly with Preceptors, Project Director, and Project Manager as necessary.

Am I expected to complete 80 clinical hours in mobile health on top of my other clinicals (ped, population health…)

No – 80 mobile health clinical hours are part of the total clinical hours required in the program, not extra.

Do I complete other clinical rotations at one of the mobile health sites as well?

No. You will complete other rotations at various clinical sites. For example, BSN students will be at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for your pediatric rotation, or at Emory Mid-town or Gwinnett Medical Center for obstetric rotation. MSN students will complete pediatric, or geriatric or specialty rotations at respective clinics.

I am worried that if I commit to EMORY IN MOTION, I won’t have a well-rounded clinical experience.

You still have other clinical hours in all the other different specialties (i.e. medical/surgical nursing, pediatric nursing, maternity nursing, psychiatric-mental health nursing, geriatric nursing, or specialty rotations). Students who are not EMORY IN MOTION students spend the equivalent 80 clinical hours in similar community-based settings, but not at mobile health clinics.

I had to submit a recommendation letter for this program, but not to apply to nursing school. How come?

EMORY IN MOTION is a HRSA-funded project with excellent learning opportunities and scholarship funds awarded to students who show evidence that they would be an excellent candidate for the mobile health training environment. Having a letter reference helps us identify the best students for our program.

How many clinical hours do I complete each semester as part of the Emory In MOTION program and with which courses are the clinical hours associated?

BSN:

  • Fall 1: NRSG 309 Social Responsibility & Ethics (30 hours at AHRC or BPSOS)
  • Spring 1: NRSG 315 Population Health (60 hours at AHRC or BPSOS)
  • Summer Externship: (up to 40 hours at Migrant Farm Worker Family Health Project in Moultrie, GA)
  • Fall 2: NRSG 502 Primary Care Elective (25 hours of simulation/telehealth at BPSOS)
  • Spring 2: NRSG 432 Ambulatory Care (24 hours at AHRC or BPSOS)

MSN:

  • Fall 1: Optional 20 clinical hours at Metro Atlanta sites
  • Spring: 40 hours or more at either Metro Atlanta sites or Ellenton Mobile Clinic site
  • Summer: Ellenton Farm Worker immersion (up to 100 clinical hours at Ellenton Migrant Farm Worker Family Health Project in Moultrie, GA)
  • Fall 2: Optional (depending on site and preceptor availability) 80 clinical hours at Metro Atlanta sites

I heard that EMORY IN MOTION might provide stipend for a summer externship in mobile health. How do I qualify for that?

The grant budget includes a Summer stipend for EMORY IN MOTION scholars. If you are selected for the program and commit to traveling to Moultrie, GA in June, date TBD, you would receive your stipend in the Summer of 2024. We will provide more details in the spring of 2024.

I am a BSN student. How many electives do EMORY IN MOTION scholars take in total? I think the Primary Care elective sounds interesting, but there are a few more electives I am interested in as well and want to have an idea about what I will be able to take in addition to the required elective.

As a full-time student, you can take as many electives as you want as long as you maintain your GPA at a certain level, and the electives do not conflict with the primary care electives. The Primary Care elective takes place in the fall semester, or 3rd semester, of the BSN program. You have the spring semester of the junior or senior year to take other electives.

HRSA Disclaimer

The EMORY IN MOTION project is offered through support by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,908,757 with 0% funded from non-governmental resources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.