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Federal grants bolster nursing faculty, diversity

Monday September 10, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $30.2 million in grants to support nursing workforce development.

The bulk of the money, $23.3 million, went to 112 nursing schools to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in the United States. Support from this program allows nursing schools to offer eligible students partial loan forgiveness when they graduate in return for working as full-time nursing faculty for a prescribed period of time. Awards from the prior academic year supported more than 1,550 masterís and doctoral students.

Another $4.6 million went to 14 nursing schools to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among RNs. Grant activities will include academic support, financial assistance and student mentoring. Awards from the prior academic year supported more than 10,600 students.

And $2.3 million will fund 81 nurse anesthetist education programs to provide traineeships to licensed RN enrolled as full-time students in a masterís or doctoral nurse anesthesia program. Traineeships will pay all or part of the costs of tuition, books, fees and reasonable living expenses of the individual during the period of the traineeship.

Information about the grant recipients is available at www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2012tables/120829workforce.html.

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