Sunday, November 2, 2008

Support for Nursing Education

HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions in partnership with the Office of Health Information Technology is funding technologies to use to educate nursing students at collegiate Schools of Nursing. Nursing collaboratives will be formed to establish healthcare information systems for use in nursing education and practice, to optimize patient safety, and drive improvements in healthcare quality.

The grant notice “Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative” (HRSA-09-119) seeks ways to enhance nursing education and practice in informatics by using telehealth, mannequin-based and patient simulators, computer-based instructions, virtual simulation, interactive simulated case studies, advanced 3D graphics, e-learning technology, and any other simulated or virtual methods.

Since no institution or organization currently offers the full spectrum of technologies, nursing collaboratives will need to develop linkages and partnerships to undertake this initiative. State-of-the-art training sites will be established so that nursing faculty can be fully trained using virtual reality and real-time training in a full range of relevant technologies.

The program will provide funding for FY 2009-2013. Approximately $600,000 is expected to be available annually to fund two cooperative agreements. It is estimated that there will be two awards with the project to begin July 2009. The proposals are due December 4, 2008.

For more information, go to or call Nancy Douglas Kersellius at 301-443-6333.