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December 2006 Press Release







(Annapolis, MD) December 5, 2006 -- The Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) announces the availability of grant funds under the Nurse Support Program (NSP II). This program’s goal is to increase the number of bedside nurses in Maryland Hospitals by expanding the capacity of Maryland’s nursing programs.

HSCRC has contracted with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to administer the Nurse Support Program II. Funding for NSP II is provided through a 0.1% increase to the rate structure of all Maryland hospitals, which generates approximately $8.8 million annually. A portion of these funds will be awarded through the Competitive Institutional Grants. Applications for NSP II Competitive Institutional Grants are being solicited for the following:

  • Initiatives to Expand Maryland’s Nursing Capacity through Shared Resources.

  • Initiatives to Increase Maryland’s Nursing Faculty.

  • Initiatives to Increase Nursing Student Retention.

  • Initiatives to Increase the Pipeline for Nursing Faculty.

Competitive Institutional Grants will be funded for a period of three to five years. The deadline for proposals is March 28, 2007. The application for Competitive Institutional Grants is available on the MHEC website at http://www.mhec.state.md.us/Grants/NSPII/RFA_NSPII_Phase2.doc.

In the first year of funding, seven Competitive Institutional Grant projects to address the shortage of nurses were awarded totaling almost $1.4 million, with a five-year total of $6.2 million. The seven projects included an additional fourteen hospital and higher education institution partners and consortium members. These seven initiatives will train an additional 900 nurses including 564 additional registered nurses and more than 345 graduate nurses to become critically needed nurse faculty.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools.


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