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HHS Awards $82 Million to Strengthen Nursing Workforce

October 11, 2011

Funds help support facilities with nursing shortages

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $82 million in awards to help bolster the country’s nursing workforce. Administered by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the awards will provide financial support to nurses and nursing students in exchange for service at health care facilities with a shortage of nurses.

“Nurses play a critical role in our health care system, and demand for them is expected to grow over the next decade,” said Secretary Sebelius. “These awards reflect our ongoing commitment to attract and retain highly skilled nurses in underserved areas.”

The nursing awards were made through the following programs:

  • Nursing Scholarship Program: ($27 million - 412 awards) Provides tuition, educational fees, and a stipend for living expenses for as many as four years to eligible nursing students in exchange for a commitment to work at a Critical Shortage Facility.
  • Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program: ($55.3 million - 1304 awards) Provides loan repayment assistance to registered nurses and nurse faculty in exchange for working at a Critical Shortage Facility or educational institution.

“These awards mean highly motivated and highly qualified registered nurses can continue to improve access to health care services across this nation,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.

Awards by state:


                                               Nursing
                             Nursing       Education Loan
                           Scholarship        Repayment
          State              Program           Program            Total
          -----              -----------   --------------         -----
    Alabama                            4               19                  23
    -------                          ---              ---                 ---
    Alaska                             5                4                   9
    ------                           ---              ---                 ---
    Arizona                           11               17                  28
    -------                          ---              ---                 ---
    Arkansas                           0               10                  10
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    California                        31               57                  88
    ----------                       ---              ---                 ---
    Colorado                           9               57                  66
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    Connecticut                        0               31                  31
    -----------                      ---              ---                 ---
    Delaware                           2                1                   3
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    Florida                           21               25                  46
    -------                          ---              ---                 ---
    Georgia                           27               21                  48
    -------                          ---              ---                 ---
    Hawaii                             5                6                  11
    ------                           ---              ---                 ---
    Idaho                              2                4                   6
    -----                            ---              ---                 ---
    Illinois                          12               40                  52
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    Indiana                           10               23                  33
    -------                          ---              ---                 ---
    Iowa                               1               32                  33
    ----                             ---              ---                 ---
    Kansas                             5                6                  11
    ------                           ---              ---                 ---
    Kentucky                           6               17                  23
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    Louisiana                         10               36                  46
    ---------                        ---              ---                 ---
    Maine                              5                9                  14
    -----                            ---              ---                 ---
    Maryland                          15               36                  51
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    Massachusetts                     10               21                  31
    -------------                    ---              ---                 ---
    Michigan                          18               13                  31
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    Minnesota                          2               11                  13
    ---------                        ---              ---                 ---
    Mississippi                        2                5                   7
    -----------                      ---              ---                 ---
    Missouri                          18               30                  48
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    Montana                            2               16                  18
    -------                          ---              ---                 ---
    Nebraska                           8               10                  18
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    Nevada                             1                3                   4
    ------                           ---              ---                 ---
    New Hampshire                      3               19                  22
    -------------                    ---              ---                 ---
    New Jersey                         2               18                  20
    ----------                       ---              ---                 ---
    New Mexico                         6                1                   7
    ----------                       ---              ---                 ---
    New York                          21               70                  91
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    North Carolina                    12               21                  33
    --------------                   ---              ---                 ---
    North Dakota                       1               22                  23
    ------------                     ---              ---                 ---
    Ohio                              15               65                  80
    ----                             ---              ---                 ---
    Oklahoma                           2                5                   7
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    Oregon                            11               40                  51
    ------                           ---              ---                 ---
    Pennsylvania                      18               63                  81
    ------------                     ---              ---                 ---
    Rhode Island                       0               14                  14
    ------------                     ---              ---                 ---
    South Carolina                     3               21                  24
    --------------                   ---              ---                 ---
    South Dakota                       0               12                  12
    ------------                     ---              ---                 ---
    Tennessee                         11               75                  86
    ---------                        ---              ---                 ---
    Texas                             18              117                 135
    -----                            ---              ---                 ---
    Utah                               6                6                  12
    ----                             ---              ---                 ---
    Vermont                            1                3                   4
    -------                          ---              ---                 ---
    Virginia                          15               34                  49
    --------                         ---              ---                 ---
    Washington                        10               59                  69
    ----------                       ---              ---                 ---
    West Virginia                      0               27                  27
    -------------                    ---              ---                 ---
    Wisconsin                          2               31                  33
    ---------                        ---              ---                 ---
    Wyoming                            0                0                   0
    -------                          ---              ---                 ---
    District of
     Columbia                         11               21                  32
    -----------                      ---              ---                 ---
    Puerto Rico                        2                0                   2
    -----------                      ---              ---                 ---
    Total                            412             1304                1716

For more information about health professions loans and scholarships, please visit http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/index.html.

The Health Resources and Services Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA is the primary Federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov.

SOURCE Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)


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