Gov. Nixon announces latest round of grants to educate more nurses at Truman State University and other Missouri colleges and universities

September 20, 2012
Kirksville, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon today announced nearly $1 million in grants to educate additional nurses at college and universities across the state, including a $150,000 grant to Truman State University, marking the latest award of grants made available through the Governor's Caring for Missourians initiative.

Gov. Nixon made the announcement during a visit to Truman State University's Department of Nursing. The department is receiving a $150,000 grant to graduate at least 10-15 additional nursing students and to launch three foundational courses online to assist students in transferring to the accelerated BSN program. The department will also expand clinical sites and partnerships and add adjunct clinical and instructional faculty members.

These Caring for Missourians grants are funded by revenue generated from nursing licensing fees collected by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The program is providing $1 million in grants each year in Fiscal Years 2012, 2013, and 2014. Public and private colleges and universities are eligible to apply for grants of up to $150,000 per institution per year to hire additional faculty, purchase vital educational equipment or offer scholarships.

 "An education in nursing is a clear pathway to a rewarding and lifelong career, but far too often, too many students were being turned away from nursing education programs because they were at full capacity," Gov. Nixon said. "As our state economy continues to move forward, health care will remain as a growing industry in our state. These Caring for Missourians program grants will assist our nursing schools in educating more students and connecting them with good jobs in every corner of Missouri."

The State Board of Nursing has approved the following six additional grants:

Lincoln University (Jefferson City) $124,115
Missouri State University (Springfield) $144,134
Research College of Nursing (Kansas City) $148,032
University of Missouri – St. Louis $149,978
University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg) $131,266
University of Missouri – Columbia $150,000

To select the grant recipients, the Missouri State Board of Nursing reviewed competitive applications submitted by the institutions. In the third year of the program, the board will again be inviting applications and awarding the grants on a competitive basis.

Launched by Gov. Nixon in 2009, Caring for Missourians is a strategic initiative to increase the number of nurses, physicians, dentists and other health professionals being educated at Missouri's public colleges and universities. Colleges and universities developed individual plans for how they would invest their Caring for Missourians funds.

Gov. Nixon and the State Board of Nursing announced plans for the expansion of Caring for Missourians using the license fee revenue in December 2010.