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Impacting Models of Practice and Clinical Training for Registered Nurses and Students

IMPACT-RNS is an opportunity for select senior nursing students to participate in a 150-hour clinical experience over the course of semesters 4 and 5. Students will work with a preceptor in a rural and/or underserved community-based primary care setting, learning more about how registered nurses can practice to the full scope of their license and expand their scope of influence within the healthcare team.

What is expected of me as a student?

"Nursing student with patient"
  • Commitment to a single rural facility for 2 semesters
  • Must have own transportation available
  • Completion of evaluation materials

Benefits for students who participate:

  • One-on-one clinical experience with an RN preceptor
  • Exposure to rural and/or underserved populations
  • Experience in multiple primary care settings (e.g., clinic, home health, hospice)
  • Financial incentives

How do I become an IMPACT-RNS student?

  • Contact the site leader on your campus
  • Complete the IMPACT-RNS Student Application

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Heidi Mennenga at 


IMPACT-RNS Student Highlights

Read about student takeaways from the IMPACT-RNS clinical experience and where they are heading after graduation:

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IMPACT-RNS Student Testimonials

Hear what past students have to say about completing the IMPACT-RNS experience and what they took away from the program that will help them in their nursing careers:

HRSA Grant Statement: This project, entitled Impacting Models of Practice and Clinical Training for Registered Nurses and Students (IMPACT-RNS), is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UK1HP31729 and title Nurse, Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Registered Nurses in Primary Care for $2,751,222 and 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, HRSA, HSS or the U.S. Government.