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Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program

  • Program Name:Nursing Workforce Diversity
  • Activity Code:D19
  • Application Available:9/16/2015
  • Application Deadline:11/16/2015
  • Created By:Farrell, Kasey
  • Created On:6/17/2015
  • Last Updated by:Wildberger, William
  • Last Updated On:9/16/2015
  • Estimated Project Start Date:7/1/2016

 Details of the changes posted in this announcement

Not Available

 Announcement Information

Announcement Number HRSA-16-064
Announcement Code
CFDA Number 93.178
Provisional No
Activity Code D19
Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2016


This announcement solicits applications for the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program.  Program Purpose The NWD program increases nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among registered nurses by using social determinants to guide the selection of evidence-based approaches that have been successful in retaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds in schools of nursing.  The program supports projects that provide student stipends or scholarships, stipends for diploma or associate degree nurses to enter a bridge or degree completion program, student scholarships or stipends for accelerated nursing degree programs, pre-entry preparation, advanced education preparation, and retention activities. Program Requirements Eligible institutions must identify and describe the root causes of attrition among students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The description should include a discussion of the social determinants that inhibit student achievement and success.   Applicants must document how an understanding of the social determinants will be used to guide the selection of appropriate evidence-based approaches[1][2][3][4][5] that have been successful in retaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities) in schools of nursing.  Next, applicants must propose a feasible plan to apply evidence-based strategies to increase retention of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in schools of nursing student.  Successful evidence-based strategies to address student retention should include various combinations of: ·         Academic and peer support ·         Mentoring ·         Institutional and community partnerships ·         Student financial support To accomplish the program goal, applicants are expected to demonstrate that a combination of academic/peer support, mentoring, institutional and community partnerships, and/or student financial support will be effectively used to retain students from disadvantaged backgrounds with low academic achievement who are at risk of failing in schools of nursing. Specifically, applicants must utilize social determinants that affect their target student population’s achievement and success in schools of nursing by: 1.      Implementing at least one partnership with an internal (i.e., institutional) and external (i.e., community) organization to improve academic achievement of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, academic enhancement, science and math instructional enrichment, and mentoring, and 2.      Identifying and addressing institutional structures within schools of nursing that function as barriers to student achievement and academic success. For this funding opportunity, successful applicants must be well positioned  to implement institutional and community partnership models, approaches, and/or strategies that incorporate the social determinants into the design, implementation, and evaluation of student retention programs.  Highly competitive applicants will demonstrate an organizational commitment to diversity, particularly within the field of nursing, document historical challenges with retaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds, present an analysis of the root causes behind those challenges (to include social determinants), and highlight discrete actions (e.g., hired staff, established internal programs and external partnerships) both planned and in progress as part of an evidence-based strategy to increase the retention of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. [1] Noone, J. (2008). The diversity imperative: Strategies to address a diverse nursing workforce. Nursing Forum, 43(3), 133-143. [2] Beacham, T., Askew, R.W., & William, P.R. (2009). Strategies to increase racial/ethnic student participation in the nursing profession. ABNF Journal, 20(3), 69-72. [3] Degazon, C.E. & Mancha, C. (2012). Changing the face of nursing; reducing ethnic and racial disparities in health. Family & Community Health , 35(1), 5-14. [4] Harris, R.C., Rosenberg, L., & O’Rourke, G. (2014). Addressing the challenges of nursing student attrition. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(1), 31-37. [5] Loftin, C., Newman, S.D., Gilden, G., Bond, M.L., & Dumas. B.P. (2013). Moving toward greater diversity: A review of interventions to increase diversity in nursing education. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 24(4), 387-396.

 Legislative Information

Title VIII, Section 821 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296m), as amended by Section 5404 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148)

 Application Information

Application Available 09/16/2015
Application Deadline 11/16/2015
Supplemental Application Deadline N/A
Explanation for Deadline N/A
Archive Date 01/15/2016
Letter of Intent Not required
Application Package SF424 R&R
FOA Available Yes
Competitive Application Types Supported New; Continuation & Supplement
Allow Electronic Submission N/A
Page Limit for Application
Allow Multiple Applications
from an Organization from
Electronic Submission Instruction Electronic submission is/will be available in Grants.Gov

 General Information

Projected Award Date N/A
Estimated Project Period N/A
Estimated Project Start Date 07/01/2016
Estimated Project End Date 06/30/2017
Estimated Amount of this Competition $4,000,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 12
Estimated Average Size of Awards $350,000.00
Cost Sharing No
Cooperative Agreement No

 Contact Information

Name Jose Santiago-Velez
Phone Number 3014430533

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HRSA-16-064 Final.pdf 214 kB 09/16/2015
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