LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming's Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing will participate in an initiative aimed at transforming nursing education in the United States.

The school's Wyoming Center for Nursing and Health Care Partnerships is one of the organizations in 20 states selected to be part of the $3 million initiative, called the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program.

The program is designed to help states prepare the nursing profession to address the nation's most pressing health care challenges of access, quality and cost amid an aging and more diverse population.

UW nursing school Dean Mary Burman says the Wyoming center plans to focus on enhancing clinical education for all Wyoming schools of nursing.