Eight Missouri colleges and universities have been selected to receive grants of up to $150,000 to expand their nursing education programs. The grants, totaling nearly $1 million, were awarded by the Department of Higher Education and the Missouri Board of Nursing, which provides funding for the grant program.
The goal of the program is to increase the number of nurses in Missouri, especially in areas where a shortage of health care professionals exists. The funds will be used to add faculty and create new programs that will allow more students to study nursing.
“We thank the Missouri Board of Nursing for providing funds to expand nursing education in the state,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Zora Mulligan. “The grants will help higher education institutions prepare more well-trained nurses to meet Missouri’s growing health care needs.”
The 2016 grant recipients are:
- Mineral Area College, Park Hills
- Missouri State University, Springfield
- Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph
- North Central Missouri College, Trenton
- Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield
- University of Missouri –Sinclair Schools of Nursing, Columbia
- University of Missouri –St. Louis
Grant amounts range from $57,000 to $150,000. The recipients were selected by the Missouri Board of Nursing and the Department of Higher Education through a competitive application process.
The funds can be used to:
- Add faculty positions in nursing education programs
- Recruit and retain highly qualified faculty for nursing education programs
- Develop accelerated graduate nursing programs
- Provide scholarships or training to develop faculty who will commit to teach in a Missouri school of nursing for at least three years
- Develop new clinical partnerships for training new nurses
- Expand the use of technology to support nursing education programs
The second round of nursing education grants will be awarded in Spring 2017. Additional information about the grant opportunity should be available from the Department of Higher Education later this year.