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Nurse Education, Practice and Retention Grants

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To strengthen and enhance the capacity for nurse education, practice and retention to address the nursing shortage. Education purposes include: 1) expanding enrollment in baccalaureate nursing programs; 2) developing and implementing internship and residency programs to encourage mentoring and the development of specialties; 3)providing education in new technologies, including distance learning methodologies. Practice methodologies include: 1) establishing or expanding nursing proactive 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 such as the elderly, individuals with HIV/AIDS, substance abusers, the homeless and victims of domestic violence; 3)providing managed care, quality improvement, and other skills needed to practice in existing and emerging organized health care systems; 4)developing cultural competencies among nurses. Retention purposes include grants for 1) Career Ladder programs which: (A) promote career advancement for nursing personnel in a variety of training settings, cross training or specialty training among diverse population groups, and the advancement of individuals, to become professional nurses, advanced education nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nurse assistants, and home health aides; and (B) assist individuals in obtaining education and training required to enter the nursing profession and advance within such profession, such as by providing career counseling and mentoring; or 2) enhancing patient care delivery systems through improving the retention of nurses and enhancing patient care that is directly related to nursing activities by enhancing collaboration and communication among nurses and other health care professionals, and by promoting nurse involvement in the organizational and clinical decision making process of health care facility.