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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.



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.





 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



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.

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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.


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.    


Enroll Now in Free Program for Electronic Health Records

If you have healthcare experience or computer experience, you could qualify for free, online training to prepare for a fertile career in electronic health records at Bristol Community College.

Yes, that means completely free and online. And yes, it offers access to one of the guaranteed job fields - the effort to turn paper into electronic healthcare records - required by Federal law.

Bristol Community College is one of 23 community colleges that will participate in a $16-million Federal grant over two years to educate up to 7,500 healthcare information workers in 12 states. Bristol is the only community college that won the grant and will provide services in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire through the grant.

By 2015, all Massachusetts medical records must be electronic, but there are not enough trained professionals to make the transition. In the Commonwealth alone, a projected 5,000 to 10,000 skilled workers are needed in the next four years to fulfill the mandate for electronic records. Bristol joins the consortium with its Healthcare Information degree program to address the critical need to provide skilled professionals who can modernize and manage electronic health records.
"The field offers great opportunity," said Joy Rose, program director and faculty member in the healthcare information program at Bristol. "This program is designed to meet the critical need for skilled workers who can convert, implement, and manage electronic records would become available in all healthcare scenarios and patients would be treated with the immediacy of electronic records." The Bristol program is particularly convenient, she added, as it is entirely online and students will not have to travel. Plus, it is totally free to qualified applicants.

The grant from the The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Bristol Community College will offer programs in two roles: Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist and Clinician/Practitioner Consultant. Qualified applicants for this program are either experienced healthcare workers who need computer training, or an information technology professional without a health background. The online courses allow students to take courses on their own schedules. After six months of courses, students will be eligible to sit for a competency exam and could convert competencies into credit toward the associate in science in healthcare information.

The first cohort is enrolling now. To learn more, contact Joy Rose, Program Director, at 508-678-2811, ext. 2142