WASHINGTON – As the nation honors their dedication and sacrifice during National Nurses Week, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $78 million in grants to support workforce training programs in 17 states and address staffing challenges nursing professionals face in the care economy.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that nurses make up the largest segment of U.S. healthcare professionals, with nearly 4.2 million registered nurses among them. Despite these numbers, the profession faces significant staffing challenges as the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an average of 203,200 openings for registered nurses each year through 2031.
Research also shows that adequate staffing is important to outcomes for nurses and patients and is essential to maintaining and improving the nation’s healthcare system.
To help address these workforce challenges, the department’s Employment and Training Administration will award funding through the Nursing Expansion Grant Program to 25 public-private partnerships in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.
The grants will support innovative partnerships and strategies that expand and diversify America’s pipeline of qualified nursing professionals. Specifically, these grants will increase the number of nursing instructors and educators. They will also support the creation of equitable opportunities for frontline healthcare professionals to advance on a career pathway, and better meet our nation’s need for critical care today and for years to come.
“The grants we’re awarding today recognize the burden so many nurses have shouldered for too long by supporting programs to expand and diversify the workforce,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Brent Parton. “These investments will also help to ensure the nation’s well-being and continue to strengthen our care economy using proven practices and strategies.”
The funding will help grant recipients improve diversity in the healthcare workforce and address the health equity gap in America’s underserved communities by embedding diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility strategies into their programs. By doing so, the programs will ensure people from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities have pathways to good jobs and careers in nursing.
A list of the Nursing Expansion Grant Program recipients follows this release.
The University of Alabama
Alaska Pacific University
Yavapai County Community College District
Arizona State University
The Regents of the University of California (Davis)
Asian American Drug Abuse Program Inc.
Riverside Community College District/Riverside City College
Spalding University Inc.
Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
Montana State University Billings
Community Health Care Center Inc.
Atlantic Health System Inc.
Thomas Edison State University
Northwell Health Inc.
New Hyde Park
Healthcare Industry Grant Corp.
University of Jamestown
Cuyahoga Community College District
University of South Dakota
Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement
Employ Milwaukee Inc.
Forward Careers Inc.