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Title: Nursing Workforce Diversity NWD Program

Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program
  • Technical Assistance Workshops
  • October 11-12, 2007 (Dallas, TX)
  • October 17-18, 2007 (Washington, DC)
  • Michele Richardson, MS, BSN, RN
  • LT Aisha K. Mix, MPH, MSN, RN, CCM
  • Janice B. Young, Ph.D., MPH, RN
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Bureau of Health Professions
  • Division of Nursing

NWD Legislative Intent
  • To increase nursing education opportunities for
    individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
    (including racial and ethnic minorities
    underrepresented among registered nurses) in
    order to increase nursing workforce diversity

NWD Legislative Intent (cont.)
  • The program supports projects that provide
    educational opportunities for students to become
    Registered Nurses and/or opportunities for
    practicing Registered Nurses to pursue a
    baccalaureate degree in nursing.
  • Applications for projects preparing participants
    at an educational or professional level other
    than Registered Nurse are not eligible for funding

History of NWD Awards
  • 2006 2007
  • Applications Reviewed 145 93
  • Applications Approved 62 52
  • Awards Funded 27 23
  • FY07 Average Award Amount (1st yr of 3 yr Grant)
  • Total (new/continuing) NWD Grants 2006 - 50
  • 2007 - 51

Funding Preference
  • Applicants that meet the defined requirements for
    a funding preference may request the statutory
  • preference if the project substantially benefits
  • or underserved populations, or helps meet public
  • health nursing needs in state or local health
  • departments
  • Applicants must also describe how the proposal
    meets the statutory funding preference

Eligible Applicants
  • Schools of Nursing
  • Nursing Centers
  • Academic Health Centers
  • State or Local Governments, Indian Tribes
  • Other Public or Private for Profit and Nonprofit
    Entities, e.g. Faith Based Organizations

Applicant Accreditation
  • A school of nursing must be accredited by a
    national nurse education accrediting agency or
    State approval agency recognized by the Secretary
    of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • For FY 2008, these agencies include
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • National League for Nursing Accrediting
    Commission (NLNAC)
  • Iowa Board of Nursing
  • Maryland Board of Nursing
  • Missouri Board of Nursing
  • Montana Board of Nursing
  • New York Board of Nursing
  • North Dakota Board of Nursing

Applicant Accreditation (cont.)
  • All nursing programs and consortium partners, if
    applicable, that are associated with the project
    must be accredited for the purpose of nursing
  • New programs that are not yet accredited must
    provide a letter from a national nursing
    accrediting agency or State approval body
    recognized by the Secretary of the Department of
    Education that indicates reasonable assurance
    that the new program will meet the
    accreditation/approval standards prior to the
    beginning of the academic year following the
    normal graduation date of students of the first
    entering class.
  • Failure to provide proof of accreditation with
    the HRSA program application will render the
    application non-responsive and the application
    will not be considered for funding.

Disadvantaged Status
  • Educationally Disadvantaged
  • Individual comes from an environment that has
    inhibited them from obtaining the knowledge,
    skills, and abilities required to enroll in and
    graduate from a school of nursing.
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Individual or family with an annual income below
    a level based on low-income thresholds
    established by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Project Focus
  • Applicant must address the following three major
    purposes during each year of the project
  • Retention Program
  • Pre-Entry Preparation Program
  • Student Scholarships or Stipends Program

Retention Program
  • Innovative curriculum or learning experience
    designed to
  • Assist nursing students from disadvantaged
    backgrounds to continue their pursuit of a
    nursing education and successfully complete an
    accredited professional nursing program.
  • Address educational barriers, reduce attrition
    rates and improve the graduation rates for NWD

Retention Activity Examples
  • Mentoring, Tutoring, Coaching
  • Writing Test Taking Preparation
  • Computer Skills Training
  • Study Skills, Time Management, Cultural
    Competence Training
  • NCLEX-RN Preparation

Retention Program Eligibility
  • An applicant organization must be an accredited
    professional nursing program OR identify a
    partnership with such an entity
  • Project participants must be nursing students
    who, upon graduation, are eligible to take the
    NCLEX-RN exam.

Retention Project Examples
  • Academic, Career, Personal, Life-issues
  • Alternative Educational Models/Modules designed
    for special learning needs

Retention of Project Participants
  • If the annual admission, retention or graduation
    rates go below the rate reported during the
    previous two years, grantee will have to
  • Provide an action plan for improving rates
  • If no improvement, grantee will not be eligible
    for future funding

Pre-Entry Preparation Program
  • Creative intervention, curriculum or learning
    experience designed to
  • Enhance academic abilities and preparation to
    increase competitiveness for entry into and
    graduation from an accredited professional
    nursing program
  • Improve communication, reading writing skills,
    reinforce basic mathematical skills and improve
    critical thinking skills
  • Identify, recruit, select and motivate potential

Pre-Entry Preparation Eligibility
  • Eligible Participants are
  • Middle and/or high school students to promote
    Nursing as a career
  • Senior high school students to support transition
    to a professional RN program
  • Current CNAs or LPNs/LVNs support transition to a
    professional RN program

Pre-Entry Preparation Eligibility (cont.)
  • Eligible Participants are
  • Associate Degree or Diploma RNs to support
    pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in Nursing,
  • Pre-nursing college students to prepare for entry
    into the professional RN program

Pre-Entry Preparation Program Activity Examples
  • Science and Math Tutoring
  • Summer Enrichment Programs
  • Weekend Academics Enrichment Classes
  • Mock SAT/ACT Classes
  • Health or Nursing Career Fairs

Pre-Entry Preparation Program Activity Examples
  • Health or Nursing Career Lectures
  • Future Nurses Clubs
  • Tours, Field Trips and Visits
  • Exposure to Clinical Settings

Stipends and/or Scholarships Program
  • Provides financial assistance to project
    participants to enhance their ability for
    successful entrance into and completion of a
    professional registered nursing education
  • Applicants may choose to provide student
    scholarships, stipends, or both.

Student Stipends Program Eligible Participants
  • 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade high school
    students, pre-college students or college
    students that are
  • From a disadvantaged background and
  • Enrolled full-time in grant-funded project

Student Stipends Program General Information
  • Assists in covering general living expenses,
    including travel
  • Not intended as recruitment tool or to replace
    other financial aid resources
  • Maximum amounts - 250 monthly or 3,000 per
    student per budget period (i.e. July 1 June 30)

Student Scholarship Program Eligible Participants
  • NWD Project Participants who are students
  • In need of financial assistance,
  • Enrolled full-time in a professional registered
    nursing program, and
  • In good academic standing.

Student Scholarship Program General Information
  • Students can not receive stipend and scholarship
    monies concurrently or within the same budget
    period (i.e. July 1 June 30)
  • Maximum amount - 7,000 per student per budget
  • Cap of 40,000/yr/applicant

Review Criteria
Review Criteria (cont.)
  • Criterion 1A Need
  • New 20 points
  • Competing Continuation 15 points
  • Criterion 1B Progress Report Summary
  • New n/a
  • Competing Continuation 10 points

Review Criteria (cont.)
  • Criterion 2 Response
  • New 30 points
  • Competing Continuation 20 points
  • Criterion 3 Evaluative Measures
  • New 10 points
  • Competing Continuation 10 points

Review Criteria (cont.)
  • Criterion 4 Impact
  • New 10 points
  • Competing Continuation 15 points
  • Criterion 5 Resources/Capabilities
  • New 15 points
  • Competing Continuation 15 points

Review Criteria (cont.)
  • Criterion 6 Support Requested
  • New 5 points
  • Competing Continuation 5 points
  • Criterion 7 Cultural Competence
  • New 10 points
  • Competing Continuation 10 points

Grantee Reporting Requirements
  • Annual Reporting
  • Uniform Progress Report (UPR)
  • Comprehensive Performance Measurement System
    (CPMS) Report
  • Financial Status Report (FSR)

Points to Remember
  • Review Criteria are used by Peer Reviewers to
    evaluate and score applications
  • Review Criteria are listed in the guidance
  • Important to address/respond to the Criteria
  • Indirect Costs are a flat 8
  • This program does not fund research,
    construction, or planning grants

Points to Remember
  • Due date for FY 2008 applications is November 16,
  • Respond to all THREE foci in the grant
  • Submit all application documentation required by
    focus area for all three years of the grant
  • Online submission of application is mandatory

Nursing Workforce Diversity Program Contact
  • Individual technical assistance is available from
    the Division of Nursings NEPR staff at (301)
    443-6193 or via e-mail
  • LT Aisha K. Mix……………………………..
  • Dr. Janice Young…….…………………
  • Branch Chief E. Michele Richardson, MS, BSN, RN


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