September 22, 2022 By Vaseline

11 Missouri colleges and universities receive $3 million in nursing grants

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday that nearly $3 million in grants have been approved for 11 Missouri colleges and universities to improve nursing education programs and develop solutions to alleviate statewide staffing shortages, including a local college.

The 11 competitive grants totaling $2,997,690 were part of a special allocation to the Missouri State Board of Nursing recommended and approved by Gov. Parson. Approved grants include $300,000 for the South Central Career Center in West Plains.

Other approved grants include:

$298,016 to Avila University in Kansas City
$296,000 to Bolivar Technical College
$269,793 to Cox College in Springfield
$300,000 to the Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis
$275,900 to Jefferson College in Hillsboro
$230,044 to Missouri Western State University at St. Joseph
$298,137 to St. Louis University
$300,000 to the University of Missouri-Kansas City
$300,000 to the University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg
$129,800 to William Jewell College in Liberty

The fostered nursing programs have proposed innovative solutions to alleviate nursing shortages by expanding nursing faculty, developing career ladder programs that start in high school, leveraging virtual simulation and distance learning, and expanding earn-while-learn models where students earn wages earn while gaining clinical training.

Gov. Parson says: “My administration has prioritized human resources development, particularly for our high-demand areas like nursing. It is critical that we continue to invest in Missouri’s health workforce. These grant funds will help expand clinical partnerships and nursing resources to provide better education for students and increase enrollment capacity in the future.”

Lori Scheidt, executive director of the Missouri State Board of Nursing, said, “We are proud of our nursing programs in Missouri, which have proposed solutions that demonstrate their ability to lead change and transform nursing education. I look forward to seeing how these grant funds are used to strengthen Missouri’s care pipeline.”

In addition to these funds, the Missouri State Board of Nursing has awarded more than $8 million through the Nursing Education Incentive Program (NEIP). This is an investment of more than $11 million to improve infrastructure for Missouri’s nursing programs and foster innovation in nursing education. NEIP is an annual grant program designed to improve the physical and educational capacity of professional nursing programs statewide.

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