Federal Funding for Nursing
Nursing Workforce Development Programs
The Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]) have supported the supply and distribution of qualified nurses to meet our nation’s healthcare needs since 1964. Over the last 50 years, these programs have addressed all aspects of nursing shortages – education, practice, retention, and recruitment. The Title VIII programs bolster nursing education at all levels, from entry-level preparation through graduate study, and provide support for institutions that educate nurses for practice in rural and medically underserved communities.
National Institute of Nursing Research
As one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funds research that lays the groundwork for evidence-based nursing practice. Nurse-scientists funded by NINR examine ways to improve care models to deliver safe, high-quality, and cost-effective health services to the nation. Moreover, NINR helps to provide needed faculty to support the education of future generations of nurses. Training programs at NINR develop future nurse-researchers, many of whom also serve as faculty in our nation’s nursing schools.