ANEW Scholars Program

Decker School of Nursing HRSA ANEW Scholars Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program supports innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary-care advanced-practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training. Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing (DSON) was awarded a $1.2 million grant from this program in 2017.

  • Program goals
    • Increase targeted recruitment efforts of advanced-practice nurses in rural and underserved areas in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania
    • Increase employment and workforce retention of advanced-practice nurses in rural and underserved areas using a mentorship model of clinical education
    • Enhance relationships with rural preceptors through a collaborative academic partnership
      • Support preceptor development through profession using distance technology (webinars, support systems, remote faculty site visits)
      • Continuing education on a series of nurse educator courses through distance learning
      • Provide annual continuing education units specific to pharmacological updates in primary care
      • Deliver telehealth support for providers in rural communities
    • Increase knowledge of APRN students in rural health concepts and socialization into the discipline

Interested in becoming an ANEW Scholar?

To best serve the healthcare needs of rural New York (and northern Pennsylvania) through the 2019 HRSA ANEW program grant funding, the Decker School is looking to identify qualified candidates to begin a full-time program of study in fall 2019 as either family nurse practitioner or adult-gerontology nurse practitioner students.

Eligible applicants must meet the following Binghamton University admission criteria:

  • Bachelor's prepared RN from an accredited school of nursing
  • Demonstrated academic strength with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Able to commit to a full-time program of study for 2 years
  • Interested in working in a rural or underserved community upon graduation
  • Reside in a rural community with a RUCA code of 4 or higher on a scale of 1-10 (this can be determined by entering your zip code on the Am I Rural website)

Interested? Email Nicole Rouhana at

Meet our ANEW Scholars

First-year students

Next to each scholar's name is his/her clinical placement location, which is indicated by the corresponding number on the map. 

Map showing locations of Decker ANEW scholars
  Photography: Katie Honas.
  1. Beth Plumadore - Plattsburgh, N.Y.
  2. Mallory Eberly - Geneva, N.Y.
  3. Kevin Jones - Aurora, N.Y.
  4. Jolynn LaBouf - Cortland, N.Y.
  5. Phillip Nedlick - Newark Valley, N.Y.
  6. Dan Babcock and Emily Hodack - Norwich, N.Y.
  7. Meaghan Provost - Sidney, N.Y.
  8. Alexis Rogers - Rock Hill, N.Y.
  9. Kira Graziano - Honesdale, Pa.
  10. Karleena Mickle - Troy, Pa.

Second-year students

  • Nicole Fletcher - Owego, N.Y.
  • Kathryn Dewitt - Honesdale, Pa.
  • Brittany Wilson - Mansfield, Pa.

 Scholar spotlight: Phil Nedlik

Phil Nedlik, NP student and ANEW Scholar
Decker School NP student and ANEW Scholar Phil Nedlik Photography: Jonathan Cohen.

After spending a majority of my life in Vestal, N.Y., I made the move to Newark Valley, N.Y., a few years ago. This rural community has proven to be a beneficial component to both my personal life and my growth as a healthcare professional. Living in rural Tioga County, I am able to see the healthcare disparities that exist and the true need for additional providers in rural communities.

Growing up surrounded by family members who work in healthcare-related professions, I always knew that nursing was for me. Nurses have such an enormous impact on their patients.

I completed my undergraduate nursing studies at St. John Fisher College and then started my career at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton on the inpatient oncology unit. After working and obtaining the valuable skillset it takes to be an effective registered nurse (RN), I knew I wanted to advance my career by becoming a nurse practitioner (NP). Becoming an NP will allow me to impact my patients firsthand and build everlasting relationships in my community.

I chose rural health after seeing the need for providers in my community and surrounding areas within Tioga County. I was further influenced by my undergraduate capstone project where I spent three weeks in rural, remote areas of Costa Rica and Nicaragua and was able to see the struggle individuals face in obtaining safe and effective care. As technology advances, I hope to bridge the gap of decreased access to healthcare in local rural communities through the use of telemedicine and other forms of virtual communication.

UHS Primary Care in Newark Valley, N.Y.
UHS Primary Care, Newark Valley, N.Y. Photography: provided.

Receiving the HRSA grant has allowed me to grow as a healthcare professional in the rural community where I live. My preceptor, Amy Lord, has been a crucial component in my transition from RN to NP. She has provided me with the skillset needed to provide effective, meaningful and safe care. She truly embodies what it means to be a rural NP. She advocates for her patients on a daily basis and makes sure all their needs are continually met.

Having grown up in Broome County, I have had countless friends and loved ones go through the nurse practitioner program at Binghamton University. They say their experiences have been invaluable, which truly impacted my choice to attend the University. The campus staff, clinical faculty and professors undoubtedly want their students to succeed and are there for them every step of the way. After graduation, I will be practicing at UHS Newark Valley where I have accepted a full-time family nurse practitioner position.

Preceptor spotlight: Amy Lord, UHS Primary Care, Newark Valley, N.Y.

Amy Lord, nurse practitioner and preceptor at UHS Newark Valley
Amy Lord,  FNP-C Photography: provided.

ANEW Scholar Phil Nedlik is precepted by Amy Lord, PCNP certificate '96, at UHS Primary Care in Newark Valley, N.Y. Lord is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who received a post-master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing in 1996. She received her master's degree in nursing from Syracuse University.

A lifelong resident of rural Tioga County, N.Y., Lord began practicing at UHS' primary care office in Newark Valley in 1998. UHS operates primary care centers and walk-in clinics in 25 locations throughout Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga counties and their healthcare providers are on the front lines of patient care. They respond to a broad range of medical problems. The UHS medical home practice in Newark Valley has received national NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home recognition.

As a family nurse practitioner, Lord treats patients of all ages, providing a complete range of services including the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions. She has affiliations with several UHS hospitals including Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, N.Y., and Binghamton General Hospital in Binghamton.

Meet the DSON ANEW Scholars Program Team

  • Nicole Rouhana, project director

    Nicole Rouhana, director of graduate programs, Decker School of NursingNicole Rouhana, MS '95, PhD '11, FACNM, FNP-BC, serves as project director for DSON's ANEW Scholars Program and was project director for Decker's HRSA Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Program. She is director of graduate programs and an assistant professor of nursing at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing. Rouhana has served in the nursing profession for more than 35 years and within higher education for 25 of those years. As a result, she has witnessed the need for better-prepared primary-care advanced-practice registered nurses to serve rural and underserved communities.

    Rouhana's extensive clinical experience, involvement in local and national committees and doctorate in rural nursing have prepared her to serve as a mentor and positive example of extensive rural training. As director of graduate programs at the Decker School, she engages with all graduate nursing students and has the opportunity to identify those students who not only meet the requirements of a traineeship, but also who would best serve the populations that comprise rural and underserved communities.

    As project director for the ANEW Scholars, Rouhana also serves as a close link with the practice sites, maintaining  communication among students, preceptors and faculty.

  • Pamela Stewart Fahs, rural consultant

    Pam Stewart Fahs, associate dean, Decker School of NursingPamela Stewart Fahs, MS '85, PhD, RN, who serves as rural consultant for the DSON ANEW Scholars Program, has an established record of academic preparation, clinical expertise and experience as an educator, and is highly competent in the area of rural healthcare. She serves as the  Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Endowed Chair in Rural Nursing, with a research and scholarship focus on the health of rural populations. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care

    Fahs completed her early nursing training in eastern Kentucky prior to her appointment at the Decker School, where she has been since 1985. Her more than 30 years of academic experience have included both academic and professional honors for her work with rural populations. She has both peer-reviewed publications and funded research related to rural healthcare, rural health research, the needs of rural adolescents and women in rural communities. In 2016 Fahs won the Anna Mae Ericksen Award, presented by the Rural Nurse Organization (RNO), for outstanding leadership in rural nursing and provision of healthcare to rural populations. 

  • Frances A. Munroe, clinical faculty liaison

    Frances Munroe, clinical assistant professor, Decker School of NursingFrances A. Munroe '81, MS '90, DNP, FNP-C, COHN-S is the clinical faculty liaison for the DSON ANEW Scholars project. She is a clinical assistant professor in the graduate nurse practitioner program at the Decker School of Nursing, and has 28 years of teaching experience.

    Munroe completed her post-MS certificate as a FNP practitioner in 1993 and her DNP from George Washington University in 2014. She has worked in rural primary-care practice sites located in Candor, Newark Valley and Norwich, N.Y., utilizing an interdisciplinary team approach to provide healthcare services to underserved populations. She is also board certified by ANCC as a FNP, by ABOHN as an occupational health nurse specialist and practices part-time at the Ascension Lourdes Primary Care office in Vestal, N.Y.

    Munroe is the Region 2 president-elect for the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (NPA) and a co-founder of the Susquehanna Chapter of the NPA in Binghamton, N.Y.

    As the clinical faculty liaison for the ANEW Scholars Program, she is directly involved with teaching graduate NP students in the classroom and clinical settings. She is also the faculty advisor for the NP students in the project, and maintains close communication with students and their preceptors through direct observation of their clinical skills during on-site visits to the rural health practices. 

  • Ann E. Fronczek, nurse educator consultant

    Ann Fronczek, assistant professor, Decker School of NursingAnn E. Fronczek, MS '99, PhD, RN, serves as the nurse educator consultant for the preceptor development and mentorship aspect for the ANEW Scholars project. She has been a faculty member at the Decker School since 1999, teaching courses in curriculum development and implementation, course development, education technology and leadership in nursing education. She previously served as the DSON director of undergraduate programs where she provided oversight for traditional, accelerated and RN-BS completion programs.

    Fronczek's research and scholarship work is in the area of telehealth, with recent grant funding to establish an infrastructure at Binghamton University to create the Southern Tier Telemedicine and Mobile Health Research, Development, and Training Center (STTMH-RDTC). The center is a collaboration between Binghamton University's nursing and engineering schools, in partnership with regional healthcare providers.

    Within the ANEW project, Fronczek is developing the training center for telehealth. She also serves as a nurse planner for the DSON 's continuing education program, which reviews and plans programs for continuing education credit, and will support the preceptor continuing education development for this project. 

  • Sandeep Krishnan, technology consultant

    Sandeep Krishnan, technology consultantSandeep Krishnan, MBA, MS, who serves as the DSON HRSA ANEW Scholars Program technology consultant, is the president of MedTec InterLinx, LLC, an independent healthcare technology consulting practice focusing on broadband infrastructure development and technology integration in clinical settings through the use of telemedicine.

    He has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of telehealth and distance-learning systems implementation; video-conferencing technologies; operating-room systems integration; and wireless and broadband systems design, development and integration. In addition, Krishnan has extensive experience in strategic planning, business development, marketing and sales, and grants development and implementation.

    As technology consultant, Krishnan will support the project's installation and implementation of telehealth equipment to facilitate strong academic-practice communication between faculty, preceptors and students. He will also support strategic planning for sustainability, including identifying other funding sources to support the development of a business model to maintain the telehealth infrastructure established through the ANEW project.

  • Additional members

    These Decker School of Nursing staff are also integral members of the support team for the HRSA ANEW Scholars Program:

    • Jean E. Dorak, assistant dean
    • Suzanne Williams, secretary 

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