Federal Grant Awards CON $1.4 Million to Expand Nursing Workforce
The Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing has been awarded a $1.42 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. HRSA’s Advanced Nursing Education Expansion (AANE) Initiative will provide financial aid to 30 full time nurse practitioner (NP) students who are enrolled in either the master’s or doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs. Eight NP students from the College of Nursing will be selected each
year for 5 years.
Out of 26 schools selected to receive funding, the College of Nursing was one of 11 schools in the country and the only school in S.C. selected to receive $1,425,600 for the 5-year period. By providing a stipend of $22,000 per student per year for up to 2 years, this funding aims to reduce the financial burden of attending school full-time and to accelerate graduation rates to increase the number of advanced practice nurses who agree to practice in the state.
The College of Nursing has a long history of producing primary care practitioners. Since the NP program began in 1994 with funding from a HRSA education grant, the College of Nursing has graduated a total of 257 primary care nurse practitioners. Many of these graduates have remained in South Carolina and continue to work in underserved areas. Currently, the College of Nursing has 109 students enrolled in primary care nurse practitioner programs.
“This is the first funding of this type that has been granted to the College of Nursing and the award reflects the quality of our graduate programs and our ability to educate nurses who will help with the challenges of health care reform. Our graduates are highly regarded across the state and this funding will help us add to the greatly needed primary care nursing workforce,” said Gail Stuart, Ph.D., dean of the MUSC College of Nursing.
In September, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $320 million in grants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to strengthen the health care workforce.