Volumne 12, Issue No. 1
February 4, 2014

Nursing Workforce Development Programs Receive $71.3 Million in Grants

The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs, which are administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), are the primary source of federal funding for nursing education and workforce development.  These programs bolster nursing education at all levels, from entry-level preparation through the development of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).  They also prepare faculty to teach the nation’s future nursing workforce.

On July 29, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $71.3 million in grants to expand nursing education, training and diversity. The awards include:

  • Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention ($10.9 million – 33 awards) Supports schools and nurses at the associate and baccalaureate degree level. Grants are provided to schools of nursing, academic health centers, nursing centers, state and local governments and other public or private nonprofit entities. Some grants (such as grants promoting the Magnet Hospital best practices for nursing administration) are also available to health care facilities.
  • Nursing Workforce Diversity ($3.6 million – 11 awards) Provides grants to increase opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, including students from economically disadvantaged families as well as racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented in the nursing profession.
  • Nurse Faculty Loan Program ($23.4 million – 109 awards) Establishes loan programs within schools of nursing to support students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees. Upon graduation, loan recipients are required to teach at a school of nursing in exchange for cancellation of up to 85 percent of their educational loans, plus interest, over four years.
  • Advanced Nursing Education Program ($16.1 million – 55 awards) Provides grants to nursing schools, academic health centers, and other entities to enhance education and practice for nurses in master’s and post-master’s programs. These programs prepare nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse educators, nurse administrators, and public health nurses.
  • Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships ($16 million – 349 awards) Funds traineeships at eligible institutions for registered nurses enrolled in advanced education nursing programs. Traineeships prepare nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse administrators, nurse educators, public health nurses and nurses in other specialties requiring advanced education. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) removed the 10 percent cap in this program that limited the amount of support that could go to nursing students pursuing doctoral degrees.
  • Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships ($1.3 million – 76 awards) Supports traineeships at eligible institutions for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students in their second year of a two-year nurse anesthetist master’s program.

Nursing workforce grants, listed by state and organization.

Totals of grant awards, listed by State.

Visit here for more information on HRSA’s nursing programs.

Rachel Conant

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