Growing the Workforce

The Department of Health and Human Services announced awards of $100 million to grow the nursing workforce through career pipelines, additional faculty and resources. The Health Resources and Services Administration grants will address increasing demand for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and nurse faculty.

“Nurses are an essential part of our nation’s health care system. Now more than ever, we need to double down on our investments in nurses who care for communities across the country.”

–said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in a press release announcing the awards.

Earlier this summer, HHS also announced a new, $15 million to entice nurses, clinicians and other staff to frontline roles in pediatrics.

“Nurses are the frontline in delivering life-saving care and in keeping all of us healthy and well. Today’s investments from the Health Resources and Services Administration demonstrate our ongoing commitment to supporting the nursing workforce, training and growing the next generation of nurses, creating career ladders for nurses, and recognizing the critical role nurses play in primary care, mental healthcare, and maternal healthcare.”

–said HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson.

$8.7 million to help Licensed Practical Nurses become Registered Nurses:  through the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Pathway to Registered Nurse Program. It trains licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses to become registered nurses.

$26.5 million for addressing bottlenecks in nurse training 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.

$64.8 million for the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program and the Advanced Nursing Education-Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Program, which will 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.