Nursing Grants Announced For Missouri Colleges And Universities
FILE - Serena Florio, left, visits her mother, Laurie, for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, 2020, at The Villa at Blue Ridge, in Columbia, Mo., amid the coronavirus pandemic. Florio had brought her four children for the visit. The Missouri health department is giving nursing homes a legal pathway to temporarily shut down if they face staffing shortages because of a vaccine mandate from President Joe Biden's administration. (Madi Winfield/Missourian via AP File)

Missouri Western State University, UMKC in Kansas City, and William Jewel College in Liberty are 3 of the 11 Missouri colleges and universities that will receive some of the $3 million dollars in grant funding announced by the state in an effort to help enhance nursing education programs and develop solutions towards alleviating staffing shortages.

The nursing programs selected for the funding proposed solutions to assist the nursing shortage by increasing nursing faculty, developing career ladder programs beginning in high school, using virtual simulation and distance learning, and expanding earn while you learn models where students earn a wage while obtaining clinical education.

Missouri Western will receive just over $240,000. UMKC was selected for $300,000. William Jewell College in Liberty will receive nearly $130,000.

The governor’s office announced the funding along with $8 million to the Missouri State Board of Nursing through the Nursing Education Incentive Program. The Missouri State Board of Nursing’s most recent workforce analysis report in 2021 indicated nursing shortages in certain geographic areas of the state. This report is conducted annually and provides valuable information on how to target solutions driven by data.


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