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September 15, 2023

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration Has Awarded $100 Million to Grow the Nursing Workforce

On August 10, 2023, the Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $100 million in grants to support nurse training. In the announcement. HHS Secretary General Xavier Becerra stated,  “Nurses are an essential part of our nation’s healthcare system. . . . Now more than ever, we need to double down on our investments in nurses who care for communities across the country.” The announcement broke down HHS’s grants into 4 categories:  (1) $8.7 million was awarded to a program that trains licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses; (2) $34.8 million was awarded to a program seeking “to 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 material health care”; (3) $30 million was awarded to a program that supports comprehensive residency and fellowship programs for advanced practice nurses in primary care; and (4) $26.5 million was awarded to schools providing “low-interest loans and loan cancellation to incentivize careers as nursing school faculty.” 

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