Scholarships & Educational Resources

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New Nursing Request for Proposals (RFP) has Been Released 

Check out on Department of Higher Education  website  on Monday, February 2nd for summary information.   The Nursing RFP focuses on a wide variety of topics relating to academic progression.


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The MA Nursing Core Competencies:  A Toolkit for Implementation in Education and Practice

The purpose of this toolkit is to promote the integration of Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Compenentencies© (NOFNCC) in academic institutions and practice settings in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This toolkit has been organized in a format that is useful to both.  Read more...


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The Creativity and Connections Report

 The Creativity and Connections report of the Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies published in 2010 which summarized the work of the NOF Competency Committee. In the report, the committee describes the process it used to identify NOF Nursing Core Competencies, presents the NOF Core Competency Model©, and defines the ten NOF Nursing Core Competencies and the knowledge, attitudes and skills associated with each.

A mission statement was written to guide the future work: Establish a formal coalition to create a seamless progression through all levels of nursing that is based on consensus competencies which include transitioning nurses into their practice settings.   Read more...


Workforce Grants Available - The Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund

The Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund Planning Grant is designed to provide applicants with funds to support planning to address workforce challenges that occur as a result of the requirements of implementing Chapter 224.

Among the many workforce-focused elements of Chapter 224, the law created the Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund to, among other things:

  1. support the development and implementation of programs to enhance healthcare worker retention rates;
  2. address critical healthcare workforce shortages;
  3. improve employment in the healthcare industry for low-income individuals and low-wage workers;
  4. provide training, educational, or career ladder services for currently employed or unemployed healthcare workers who are seeking new positions or responsibilities within the healthcare industry;
  5. provide training or educational services for healthcare workers in emerging fields of care delivery models.

The fund, through the administration of the Commonwealth Corporation is now accepting proposals from eligible applicants, including hospitals.    Read more.....


2015 Application Cycle is Closed! Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) & Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP)

The NELRP & the NSP now fall under NURSE Corps: Caring for Communities in Need. While this name may be new, these are still the same great programs which have supported a community of nurses and nurse practitioners since 2002 who provide quality health care to underserved areas throughout the U.S. and its Territories.

Through the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (formerly the Nursing Scholarship Program) and the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (formerly the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program), NURSE Corps is empowering and enabling nurses to follow their passion for helping and healing others.

The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) offers Registered Nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses, such as Nurse Practitioners (NPs), an opportunity to repay 60 percent of their outstanding qualifying educational loans in exchange for a two-year service commitment at a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF). NURSE Corps LRP participants may receive additional loan repayment for a third year of service.

The NURSE Corps LRP is adapting to the increasing demand for NPs by reserving up to half of the award funding for NPs; the remaining funding will continue to support RNs and nurse faculty. If there are more qualified applicants than available funding, applications will be prioritized based upon the level of financial need of the applicant and the community that the CSF serves.  Read more...


HHS Announces New Faculty Loan Repayment Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced this week the establishment of the new Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP). The program provides nurses interested in teaching with loan repayments to serve as a faculty member in an accredited and eligible health professions school. FLRP participants contribute to the HRSA's Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service's goal of increasing the recruitment and retention of health professions faculty. Eligible participants can receive as much as $40,000 towards repayment of their student loans in exchange for participating in future educational programming.