$3.6M Promotes Nursing Diversity
Agency: Health & Human Services Dept. (Health Resources & Services Admin.);
Program: Nursing Workforce Diversity (CFDA Number: 93.178) (Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-11-040440);
Eligibility: Schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, tribes and tribal
organizations and other private or public entities;
Funding: $3.6 million for 11 awards averaging $334,000 each;
Deadline: Jan. 14.
Purpose: Grantees will increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds
through projects that incorporate: (1) retention; (2) pre-entry preparation; and (3) student scholarships and
stipends. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds include racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered
Insider's tip: Applicants are required to address all three program components during each year of the project. The
project must include a cohort of nursing students who, within the three-year award period, will graduate and be eligible
to take the examination to become a registered nurse or obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing, if already licensed as
registered nurses. Applicants must provide assurance that projects will be operational by Jan. 31, 2012.
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$9.3M Goes to Increase Number of Nurses
Agency: Health & Human Services Dept. (Health Resources & Services Admin., HRSA);
Program: Affordable Care Act: Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program (CFDA Number:
93.359) (Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-11-041);
Eligibility: Accredited schools of nursing, health care facilities or a partnership of such a school and facility;
Funding: $10.3 million for 36 awards averaging $250,000 each;
Deadline: Jan. 21.
Purpose: Grantees will strengthen and enhance the capacity for nurse education, practice and retention to address
the nursing shortage. Applicants must select and focus on one of the nine purposes under the following three priority
The education priority area includes: (1) expanding enrollment in baccalaureate nursing programs; (2) developing and
implementing internship and residency programs to encourage mentoring and the development of specialties; and (3)
providing education in new technologies, including distance learning methodologies.
The practice priority area includes: (1) establishing or expanding nursing practice arrangements in non-institutional
settings to demonstrate methods to improve access to primary health care in medically underserved communities; (2)
providing care for underserved populations and other high-risk groups; (3) providing managed care, quality improvement
and other skills needed to practice in existing and emerging organized health care systems; and (4) developing
cultural competencies among nurses.
The retention priority area includes: (1) creating career ladder bridge programs promoting career
advancement for registered nurses and nursing personnel; and (2) enhancing patient care delivery systems through
improving the retention of registered nurses and enhancing patient care.
Insider's tip: The program provides priority to efforts that substantially benefit rural and underserved populations
and help meet public health nursing needs in state or local health departments.
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