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Deadline: February 13, 2015

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Advanced Nursing Education Program

This announcement solicits applications from eligible applicants for projects to support the enhancement of Advanced Nursing Education and Practice. It is anticipated that projects will develop and test innovative academic-practice partnership models for clinical training within the graduate nursing education programs that prepare graduate nursing students to provide safe, quality care within the complex practice-based environment of the nation’s evolving healthcare system. Awardees will create one or more innovative partnerships between academic institutions and rural or underserved clinical practice sites to improve the quality of clinical sites and preceptors, improve preceptor training, and promote students’ readiness to practice upon graduation. Awardees will also use on-going, iterative quality improvement and outcomes evaluation methods to test and improve the effectiveness of the clinical training models.

Grantees will be expected to use funds for the following activities:

  • Develop, coordinate and maintain at least one or more formalized partnerships between clinical training sites and academic institution(s)
  • Develop and implement clinical field placements focused on serving rural and/or underserved populations
  • Recruit, engage and train faculty to serve as preceptors to provide oversight and guidance to students (funds cannot be used for direct payment to preceptors and clinical sites)
  • Implement existing evidence based tools to measure student and preceptor competencies
  • Support curricular enhancements specific to clinical competencies
  • Implement rapid cycle quality improvement strategies to evaluate the innovated clinical training mode

Amount: $12,300,000 is available for up to 17 awards of $700,000 per year for up to three years.

Eligibility: Schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, State or local governments, non-profit health care facilities and other public or private nonprofit entities determined appropriate by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Link: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/index.html

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