Mary Niederlehner, a registered nurse, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she studied nursing and psychology. The nursing school at VCU, Mary Niederlehner’s alma mater, is committed to promoting wellness and reducing medical disparities in the Richmond area. To that end, the school has developed a program called PROMOTE Nursing that works to address the need for highly trained nurses in community-based clinical settings.
VCU was recently awarded a two-year grant totaling $800,000 from the US Department of Health and Human Services that will be applied toward the implementation of the PROMOTE (Primary Care Options to Maximize Opportunities to Transfer Education) Nursing program, enabling students to have additional exposure to community-based clinical service during their senior year. In the first year of the program, five students will benefit from eight additional clinical hours per week at one of several partner agencies, including the Richmond Health and Wellness Program, the Ambulatory Care Center at VCU Health, Richmond City Health District, and Crossover Health Care Ministry.
Ten students will participate in the program in its second year. Founders of the program hope to motivate and encourage nursing students to consider long-term careers in community settings.