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HHS Awards $13 Million To Support Nursing Education and Workforce

According to an Oct. 21 press release, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $13 million to strengthen nursing education and training to increase the nursing workforce and better access to nursing education. The awards are part of a series of Biden-Harris Administration’s investments across HHS and the Department of Labor to support pathways for nursing jobs.

The release states that “One significant factor constraining admissions to nursing schools is the limited availability of nursing preceptors (experienced licensed clinicians who supervise nursing students during their clinical rotations). Nursing preceptors are a critical bridge between training and practice, providing direct instruction to nursing students in the clinical setting. Without sufficient preceptors, nursing schools cannot admit as many students, new students are delayed in starting their clinical rotations, and prospective nursing students may be stymied and choose other career paths.”

Further, “Today’s investment works to reverse this trend. HRSA is awarding over $8.4 million to 10 awardees through the Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academies Program. These awards will support partnerships among academics, clinicians, and the community designed to support clinical nursing faculty and preceptors, which will help increase the capacity of program to train more nurses.”

In addition, HRSA is awarding $4.75 million to 14 awardees through the Registered Nurse Training Program that aims to grow the number of nursing students trained in acute care settings.

“The ongoing COVID pandemic has further highlighted the need for a well-trained and culturally competent nursing workforce,” the release comments. “Registered Nurse Training Program awardees will address this need through innovative nursing education models with a strong focus on nursing needs in acute care. These models will prepare nursing students to practice collaborative interprofessional team-based care in acute care settings, identify and understand the social determinates of health present in underserved communities, and address complex care needs of populations at highest risk for health disparities.”

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra is quoted in the release saying that “Nurses are an essential part of our nation’s health care system. We are committed to growing the next generation of nurses and ensuring the education and training they receive prepares them to provide high-quality culturally competent care. Supporting nurses and other frontline health professionals providing care in our communities is critical to improving our nation’s health and wellbeing.”

The award recipients for the Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academies Program can be accessed here.

The award recipients for the Registered Nurse Training Program can be accessed here.