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Requests for Proposals — Recent RFPs

FY13 Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development Data Analysis

Posted: July 11, 2012
Closed: July 27, 2012 by 4:00 p.m.
Awards Announced: August 7, 2012 Click here to view list of awards

Purpose/Scope

The most recent cycle of the Nursing and Allied Health Initiative grant program focused on obtaining relevant workforce data presented in a specified visual format. In essence, this RFP will update a previous document, Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook, as published in 2007, with some modifications and additions.

The contents of the updated version will feature a similar format to the original. However, some charts will be deleted or revised and new charts added with a greater emphasis on allied health professions. The new Chartbook may also include content related to current and future impacts of health care reform.

The completed update will be released by Spring 2013.


Nursing Education Redesign Grant Program

Posted: March 27, 2012
Closed: May 11, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Awards Announced: June 29, 2012 Click here to view list of awards

Purpose/Scope

This cycle of the Nursing and Allied Health Initiative grant program will focus on education redesign projects in several priority areas reflecting the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. With lifelong learning as a recurring theme the topics to be addressed include; advancing the education level of incumbent nurses from the ADN to BSN level or higher, educating more nurses with advanced degrees to fill faculty positions and for advanced clinical practice, and a residency model for newly licensed nurses including unemployed new graduates, especially in a home care/long term care setting.

Proposals may offer new innovations that address the priorities listed above or may continue and extend prior work related to these topics that will facilitate moving a project through an implementation phase or to reach a meaningful level of scale. In either case, the proposals must be replicable, sustainable and of value for later regional or statewide use.

Proposals must address at least one of the following priorities:

  1. Education redesign that supports and encourages nurses in our incumbent workforce to advance their education from ADN to complete a BSN or higher. To achieve the target of 80% of nurses educated to the BSN or higher degree by 2020, many of our current practicing nurses will need pathways that are appropriate and responsive to the needs of adult, working professionals, many of whom have earned their Associate Degree or other certification some time ago. Also we will need to continue to provide and support ADN to BSN pathways for new nursing students.
  2. Increasing the numbers of nurses with advanced degrees in nursing (masters or higher) to fill positions as education faculty or in advanced clinical practice. Faculty and advanced clinical practice nurses are anticipated to be in high demand in future years to replace retiring faculty as well as to expand the capacity of programs to educate new nurses to the BSN and MSN level. In the practice setting, advanced practice nurses will be in increasing demand to provide mentoring and direct patient care in partnership with physicians.
  3. Residency models for newly licensed nurses, including unemployed new graduates, to support their transition into full practice. While residency models will be beneficial for all new nurses, projects that focus on home care and/or long term care settings are encouraged.

Nursing Education Redesign Grant Program

Posted: May 19, 2011
Closed: June 22, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Awards Announced: August 1, 2011 Click here to view list of awards

Purpose/Scope

The purpose of this grant program is to continue the development of innovations in all aspects of nursing education and especially to expand the scope and scale of successful, prior pilot projects.

Proposals must address at least one of the following priorities:

  1. Education redesign innovation or implementation scale-up projects promoting partnerships of nursing programs in 2 year and 4 year schools to support RNs with an ADN to continue their education and complete the requirements for a BSN degree.
  2. Education redesign innovation or implementations scale-up projects promoting seamless transitions and progressions from LPN certificate programs (e.g., vocational high schools and accredited LPN programs) to 2 year institutions that offer an ADN or 4 year institutions that offer a BSN degree.
  3. Projects which foster academic / practice partnerships and expand the implementation of the Nurse of the Future Core Competencies© across the academic/practice transition. Such projects would examine current use of the competencies in both the academic and the practice settings and identify obstacles to acceptance and develop a plan to promote more widespread adoption.
  4. Projects which integrate long-term care and home health care into education for all nursing students and promote long-term and home care as primary career options. Areas to be considered include expanding current partnerships between faculty and long term care sites, enhancing faculty knowledge of geriatric care and practice settings, development of internships for students and new graduates in long-term and home health care environments, develop preceptor training programs, and strategies to promote greater and more consistent use of non-acute care settings or long term care settings or home health care settings as clinical placement sites for nursing students.

 

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