Nursing & Allied Health Initiative: Big News-62% Increase in BSN graduates in MA from 2010 to 2015!

Current Awards

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Nursing and Allied Health Initiative Grant Program - FY15

The FY15 cycle of grants has several focus areas that reflect the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010), and the DHE’s Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development plan (2012).

Three proposals were recommended for funding, totaling $143,749.

Grant Awardees:

  1. $47,772 to University of Massachusetts Lowell, working in partnership with the Lowell General Hospital and Genesis Healthcare. This grant will support their project for a Collaborative Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program. The project will develop and implement a residency program focused on nursing management of the older adult transitioning along the continuum of care. Precepted clinical experience in both acute and long term care settings will fill a gap in new nurses’ full appreciation of transitions in care and promote competence in caring for the adult patient across a range of acuity.

    DOC Summary | PDF Interim Report
  2. $49,578 to University of Massachusetts Boston, working in partnership with Good Samaritan Medical Center (part of the Steward Network). This grant will support Academic-Practice Partnerships developing a model to encourage incumbent nurses to advance their education inclusive of increasing diversity workforce addressing social, cultural, racial, gender, and disability. The project will focus on building a strong Support Model, addressing the factors that aid in student success and a Model Achieving Workforce Equity to be used to inform the development of a workforce diversity plan. It will incorporate best practices with a focus on removing barriers and facilitating academic progression, to support incumbent associate degree credentialed nurses to obtain their BSN.

    DOC Summary
  3. $46,399 to Curry College, working in partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Milton Hospital. The grant award shown is a maximum amount for all three phases of the project. Initially, funding will be released for Phase 1 and other payments will be contingent on the findings of Phase 1 which will determine the need for Phases 2 and 3. The grant will support a project entitled, The Clinical Preceptorship Model: Is It Time for Change in Approach? The project components include 1) a systematic investigation of the evidence-based literature relating to currently used and newly innovative clinical experiences for senior students in the last semester of their baccalaureate program; 2) based on the review, design and implementation of focus groups comprised of nursing faculty and experienced preceptors, with a mandate to identify factors that enhance or inhibit the current preceptorship model will be conducted; and 3) from analysis of focus group outcomes, evidence-based recommendations for a collaborative model that will best assist senior baccalaureate students to achieve personal goals and competencies will be developed.

    DOC Summary | PDF Final Report

Nursing Education Redesign Grants - FY14

The Department of Higher Education (DHE) Nursing Education Redesign Grants for FY2014 were recently announced in March and April. The awards, totaling $243,911, are made through the DHE’s Nursing and Allied Health Initiative (N&AHI).