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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray applauded the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that they have awarded just over $3 million through 16 grants to support health care nursing workforce training programs at five Washington state universities. Grants were issued to the University of Washington, Washington State University, Gonzaga University, Seattle University, and Pacific Lutheran University. The investments will support nursing workforce development and education programs, as well as geriatric education and training programs.

“As we continue working to bring down costs and improve care, we need a skilled health care workforce that is ready to step up in communities across Washington state,” said Senator Patty Murray. “I was proud to fight for increased investments in workforce training that will help our schools provide the advanced education and training that 21st century health care workers need.”

The grants, issued under the Health Resources and Services Administration were reauthorized in the Affordable Care Act. Through her role as a senior member of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Murray was the lead writer of the health care workforce section in the landmark Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama last March. 

Washington state investments:

Advanced Education Nursing Grants: These grants support infrastructure to increase advanced education to train nurses as primary care providers and/or nursing faculty. 

University of Washington: 5 grants totaling $1,335,005

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Grants: These grants support schools of nursing and individuals preparing for careers as nurse specialists, requiring advanced education.

University of Washington: $131,505

Gonzaga University: $62,374

Seattle University: $49,729

Washington State University: $46,642

Pacific Lutheran University: $35,105

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Grants: These grants fund nurse anesthetist training programs to provide traineeships that pay tuition, books, fees, and a living stipend for registered nurses who have completed at least 12 months in a master’s or doctoral nurse anesthesia program

Gonzaga University: $10,226

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Grants: These grants support infrastructure to expand the quality of the nursing pipeline, promote career mobility for individuals in nursing, prepare more nurses at the baccalaureate level, and provide continuing education and training to enhance the quality of patient care.

University of Washington: 2 grants totaling $555,569

Nursing Workforce Diversity Grants: These grants increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among registered nurses

Washington State University: $299,715

Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative Grants: These grants support faculty development projects in information and other technologies to expand the capacity of collegiate schools of nursing to educate students for 21st century health care practice.

University of Washington: $299,636 (One of only nine grants awarded)

Geriatric Education Centers Grants: These grants improve training of health professionals in geriatrics; develop curricula relating to treating health problems of the elderly; and support faculty training and continuing education for health professionals in geriatric care.

University of Washington: $208,111