The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $100 million dollars in grantsrelated to the nursing workforce on August 10. The funding for most of these programs has been level or cut in recent years.
The grants were distributed across the following categories:
Training nurses who will deliver primary care, mental health care, and maternal health care: $34.8 million through the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program to increase the number of primary care nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives trained and prepared to provide primary care services, mental health and substance use disorder care, and/or maternal health care. Also, $30 million through the Advanced Nursing Education-Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Program, to support comprehensive residency and fellowship training programs to increase the number of trained advanced practice nurses in primary care
Addressing the bottlenecks in nurse training by supporting more nurse faculty: $26.5 million through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program for award recipient schools to provide low-interest loans and loan cancellation to incentivize careers as nursing school faculty.