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January 2006 Press Release





(Annapolis, MD) January 18, 2006 -- The Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) is soliciting applications for the second phase of 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 will contract with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to administer the Nurse Support Program II. Funding for NSP II is being provided through a 0.1% increase to the rate structure of all hospitals retroactive from July 1, 2005. This will generate approximately $9.4 million that will be awarded annually through two types of initiatives:


1.     Competitive Institutional Grants.

  • 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. 

The Competitive Institutional Grants require a proposal and will be funded for a period of three to five years. The deadline for proposals is March 7, 2006. The application for Competitive Institutional Grants are available on the MHEC website at www.mhec.state.md.us.


2.     Statewide Initiatives.

  • Graduate Nursing Scholarship and Living Expenses Grants for students to complete the graduate education necessary to become nursing faculty at Maryland institutions of higher education.

  • Fellowships for new nursing faculty hired by Maryland institutions to expand enrollments in their nursing programs.

  • State Nursing Scholarship and Living Expenses Grants for students enrolled in registered nursing programs at Maryland institutions.

The Statewide Initiatives will not require the submission of grant proposals and will be administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) on behalf of the HSCRC using standard application processes. By March 1, 2006, more detailed information and applications for Statewide Initiatives will be distributed by MHEC and available on the MHEC website at www.mhec.state.md.us. 

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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