Six nursing education programs received more than $47 million in grants awarded in July by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The grants were part of a $94 million award to 11 healthcare programs to support education and training to improve healthcare delivery and increase access to high-quality care, according to the HRSA announcement of the awards on its website.
“We want to prepare healthcare workers to provide care that is effective and efficient by emphasizing preventive services, engaging patients and caregivers, and building on successful models of care,” Jim Macrae, the administration’s acting administrator, said in a press release. “The training programs supported by these grants help us accomplish these goals.”
The nursing awards included:
- $11.9 million to the Nurse Education Quality Practice and Retention program to support academic, service and continuing education projects to enhance nursing education, improve patient care quality, increase retention, and strengthen the nursing workforce
- $3.4 million to the Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, to increase the number of military veterans in BSN nursing programs
- $25.2 million to the Nurse Faculty Loan program to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in the United States
- $3.6 million to the Nursing Workforce Diversity program to provide scholarships and stipends for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among RNs
- $11.1 million to the Advanced Nursing Education program to support training of nurse practitioners and other APRNs
- $2.2 million to the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship, for RNs enrolled in advanced degree anesthesia programs.
In addition to the nursing programs, HRSA awarded funds to training programs in oral health, primary care, psychology and diversity recruitment.