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Department of Health and Human Services: Nursing Workforce Diversity Program

Deadline: November 14, 2016

The Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program seeks to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among registered nurses. The overarching goal is to increase access to high quality, culturally-aligned registered nurse providers that reflect the diversity of the communities in which they serve. This goal is accomplished by assisting students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become registered nurses, facilitating diploma or associate degree registered nurses to become baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses, and preparing practicing registered nurses for advanced nursing education.

NWD grant recipients will implement a comprehensive systems approach to implementing five evidence-based strategies successful in supporting nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds from enrollment through graduation. Specifically, applicants will:

1. Implement a systems approach using all of the following five evidence-based strategies:

  • Academic and peer supports: tailoring services necessary to facilitate and maintain the success of students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Mentoring: incorporating professional, academic, and peer mentors, including those from diverse backgrounds underrepresented among registered nurses
  • Internal (i.e., institutional) and external (i.e., community) partnerships: support the implementation of the systems approach and help to address the social determinants that impede access to education and success of students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Student financial support: tailored to address the social determinants and needs of students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Holistic review: incorporating criteria that are evidence-based, driven by the mission of the school of nursing, promote diversity, and use a balance of experiences, attributes, and academic metrics

2. Incorporate a rapid cycle quality improvement (RCQI) method that identifies, implements, and measures changes made to improve the project’s performance.

3. Demonstrate an institutional commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of diversity.

Amount: A total of $12,500,000 will be available to fund 25 awardees. Grants will range up to $500,000. The project period is four years.

Eligibility: Accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other private or public entities that the Secretary determines are appropriate, including faith-based and community-based organizations, and tribes and tribal organizations. Preference will be given to applicants with projects that benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in state or local health departments.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=285581

Note: A technical assistance webinar will be held on September 27, 2016.

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