Gov. Jay Nixon today announced nearly $1 million in grants to educate additional nurses at college and universities across the state, including a $150,000 grant to the University of Missouri-Columbia, marking the latest award of grants made available through the Caring for Missourians initiative.
Gov. Nixon made the announcement during a visit to the University of Missouri's Sinclair School of Nursing. The school is receiving a $150,000 grant to expand the capacity of nursing education programs in Missouri by providing scholarships to nine doctoral students preparing to be teachers of nursing, with special emphasis on underrepresented and disadvantaged students. The school will also expand clinical simulations with an emphasis on vulnerable groups, including children and older adults.
"Nursing is a rewarding career in a high-demand field. Unfortunately, prior to this initiative, bright and talented students were being turned away from nursing schools because they were at capacity," Gov. Nixon said. "That's why my administration has made it a priority to increase the number of nursing students and graduates in Missouri. These Caring for Missourians program grants will help our nursing schools open the doors of opportunity to more students and connect them with a solid career here in the Show-Me State."
These Caring for Missourians grants are funded by revenue generated from nursing licensing fees collected by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The program is providing $1 million in grants each year in Fiscal Years 2012, 2013, and 2014. Public and private colleges and universities are eligible to apply for grants of up to $150,000 per institution per year to hire additional faculty, purchase vital educational equipment or offer scholarships.
The State Board of Nursing has also approved the following six additional grants:
Lincoln University (Jefferson City) $124,115
Missouri State University (Springfield) $144,134
Research College of Nursing (Kansas City) $148,032
University of Missouri -- St. Louis $149,978
University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg) $131,266
University of Missouri -- Columbia $150,000
To select the grant recipients, the Missouri State Board of Nursing reviewed competitive applications submitted by the institutions. In the third year of the program, the board will again be inviting applications and awarding the grants on a competitive basis.
Launched by Gov. Nixon in 2009, Caring for Missourians is a strategic initiative to increase the number of nurses, physicians, dentists and other health professionals being educated at Missouri's public colleges and universities. Colleges and universities developed individual plans for how they would invest their Caring for Missourians funds.
Gov. Nixon and the State Board of Nursing announced plans for the expansion of Caring for Missourians using the license fee revenue in December 2010.