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Nurse Support Program II (NSP II)

The Nurse Support Program (NSP)  is funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC)Description: Description: opens in new window and administered by Maryland Higher Education Commission.  The goal of NSP is to increase the number of bedside nurses in Maryland hospitals.  NSP I is hospital centered while NSP II focuses on expanding the capacity to educate nurses through nursing education programs at Maryland institutions.

The Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) initiated nurse education support funding (formerly titled the Nurse Education Support Program or NESP) in 1986 through the collaborative efforts of hospitals, payers, and nursing representatives. Originally, the NESP focused on supporting scholarships for college and hospital-based training of Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). In July, 2001, the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) implemented the first phase of the Nurse Support Program (NSP I) to address the short and long-term issues of recruiting and retaining nurses in Maryland hospitals. Hospitals were eligible to receive the lesser of their budget request or up to 0.1% of the hospital's gross patient revenue for the previous fiscal year, to be provided through hospital rate adjustments, for approved projects that address the individual needs of the hospitals as they relate to nurse recruitment and retention.

The NSP I exposed the inability of nursing programs to accept large numbers of students because of limited capacity due to nursing faculty shortages. The shortage of qualified nursing faculty was the fundamental obstacle to expanding the enrollments in nursing programs, thereby exacerbating the nursing shortage in future years. At its May 4, 2005, public meeting, the HSCRC unanimously approved an increase of 0.1% of regulated patient revenue for the use in expanding the pool of nurses in the State by increasing the capacity of nursing programs in Maryland. The NSP II funded the first projects for educational institutions and faculty development in FY 2006. On April 12, 2006, the HSCRC approved a one-year extension of the NSP I in order to provide the opportunity for staff to continue to evaluate and update the program. On April 11, 2007 the Commission approved a five-year funding of NSP I.  On July 11, 2012, NSP I was renewed for an additional 5 years. On March 7, 2012, HSCRC approved modifications to NSP II to include increased doctoral education support for greater development of new and existing nursing faculty.

Over the years, the Nurse Support Program, both NSP I and NSP II (originally Nurse Education Support Program) has been expanded to encourage new and innovative approaches to address the challenges and demands facing the nursing and allied professions. It has successfully met the needs of hospitals for nursing professionals and schools of nursing for educational capacity through faculty development to ensure qualified bedside nurses for over 26 years.


NSP Quick Guide -

Competitive Institutional Grants are awarded annually with submission of grant proposals. 
 

The NSP II FY 2015 Request for Application is now available.  Applications are due Friday, May 2, 2014 by   5:00 p.m. to the Maryland Higher Education Commission. 

If you have any questions regarding the RFA, contact pdaw@mhec.state.md.us or mvann@mhec.state.md.us for more information.

FY 2015  
FY 2015 RFA for Competitive Institutional Grants (DOC) FY 2015 Application Budget (XLS)
FY 2015 RFA for Competitive Institutional Grants (PDF) FY 2015 Application Budget (PDF)

NSP II TA Meeting PPT  3.24.14

 
FY 2014  
FY 2014 Competitive Institutional Grant Awards (PDF)
FY 2014 Nurse Support Program II (PPT)  
FY 2013
FY 2013 Nurse Support Program II (PPT)

Reporting Forms for Competitive Institutional Grants

Annual Report Template (DOC)   Project Amendment Form (DOC)
Annual Report Budget Summary (XLS) Budget Amendment Form (XLS) 
2013 Retention Metrics Final Report Budget Summary (XLS)
Final Report Template (DOC)  

                                         

Statewide Initiatives will be administered by MHEC using application processes. Funding is available for:

Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant

New Nursing Faculty Fellowships (NNFF) Information

FY 2014 NNFF Nomination Form (DOC)  Due 08/31/14
FY 2014 NNFF Nomination Form  (PDF) Due 08/31/14

Nursing Educator Doctoral Grants (NEDG) for Practice and Dissertation Research

FY 2014 NEDG Nomination Form (DOC) Due 10/31/2014
FY 2014 NEDG Nomination Form (PDF) Due 10/31/2014
 

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