U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health
01/29/18 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories accredited nursing schools to support recruitment and training programs for primary care nurses. Applicants are advised that registrations required to apply may take up to one month to complete. Preference will be given to programs that benefit rural and underserved areas.
This notice solicits applications for the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Training Program. The purpose of this four-year training program is to recruit and train nursing students and current registered nurses (RNs) to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care teams to increase access to care, with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use conditions. The program aims to achieve a sustainable primary care nursing workforce equipped with the competencies necessary to address pressing national public health issues, even the distribution of the nursing workforce, improve access to care and improve population health outcomes by strengthening the capacity for basic nurse education and practice and addressing national nursing needs under three priority areas: education, practice and retention, as authorized by PHS Act sections 831(a)-(c) and 831A(a)-(c).
Applicants are required to establish or expand academic-practice partnerships to train nursing students and support current RNs in non-institutional settings; such as community-based primary care, in accordance with the linkage/partnership requirement in Section 802(d) of the Public Health Service Act.
-If the applicant organization is an accredited school of nursing, they must partner with community-based primary care sites (e.g., National Health Service Corps sites, Community Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), Health Center Program Look-Alikes, Nurse-Managed Health Clinics, Rural Health Clinics, and Indian Health Services sites).
-If the applicant organization is a health care facility, they must: provide primary care services in a community-based setting; and o partner with an accredited school of nursing.
HRSA also encourages partnerships with other non-institutional settings, including state or local health departments, Veterans Affairs medical facilities, Area Health Education Centers, AIDS Education and Training Centers, and Public Health Training Centers.
The partnerships are required to implement the following activities:
1. Implement a system for recruitment of primary care-oriented undergraduate nursing students most committed to practicing in non-institutional settings to improve access to primary health care in medically underserved communities;
2. Provide longitudinal clinical training experiences for undergraduate nursing students in community-based primary care, with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use conditions;
3. Deliver continuing professional development in primary care for practicing RNs, clinical preceptors, and faculty with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use conditions;
4. Enhance didactic and clinical training curricula to integrate primary care, population health, and interprofessional education (IPE) with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use conditions; and
5. Identify a full time partnership liaison as a formal facilitator between academia and clinical partners.
As authorized by Section 805 Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 296d), funding preference shall be given to applicants with projects that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in state or local health departments.
GrantWatch ID#: 182485
Estimated number of awards: Up to 43
You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $700,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs) per year.
The project period is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022 (4 years), including a 1-year capacity building period.
Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the NEPQR-RNPC Training Program in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory recipient performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.
Eligible applicants include accredited schools of nursing, as defined by PHS Act section 801(2), health care facilities, or a partnership of such a school and facility.
In accordance with Sections 831(g) and 831A(f) of PHS Act, eligible applicants include accredited schools of nursing, as defined by section 801(2), health care facilities, or a partnership of such a school and facility.
Schools of nursing affiliated with the proposed project must be an accredited public or private school. Applicants must provide documentation of current accreditation by a national nurse education accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the purposes of nursing education.
Individuals are not eligible to apply.
In addition to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau may apply. Tribes and Tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible. Foreign entities are not eligible for this HRSA award.
A technical assistance webinar was held November 28, 2017, 2:00 PM ET. The recording will be available until 11:59 PM ET on January 28, 2018.
HRSA requires you to apply electronically through Grants.gov.
Ensure your SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current immediately. Deadline extensions are not granted for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to one month to complete.
The due date for applications under this NOFO is January 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To access the webinar:
-Call-In Number: 1-888-390-0787
-Participant Code: 8934038
-Web link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/fy18_nepqr_rnpc_foa/
-Playback Number: 1-888-567-0687, Passcode: 1260
You may request additional information regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:
Barbara Ellis, Grants Management Specialist
HRSA, Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
You may request additional information regarding overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:
HRSA, Division of Nursing and Public Health, BHW
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N100
Rockville, MD 20857
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