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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board - Nursing Innovation Grant Program

Monday, December 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nadia Tamez-Robledo
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For over 15 years, TNA has worked to accomplish nursing education policy initiatives to address the nursing shortage. The Nursing Innovation Grant program (NIGP) is one such initiative, established in 2001 via SB 572 and funded by the Texas Tobacco Lawsuit Settlement. Re-dedication of funds to nursing education was achieved in 2015 through HB 495 by Rep. Donna Howard and SB 448 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa.


On Dec. 9, grantees from the 2015-2017 funding cycle met that the Texas Higher Education Board for a day of networking and sharing their progress to date. In this funding cycle, grants were awarded in three challenge areas: Building Lab and Simulation Capacity, Range and Distribution of Clinical Contact Hours, and Transition to Practice. 


The majority of grantees used the grant funds to build simulation capacity including technology investments and faculty development on effective use of simulation to maximize focused learning.  Simulations allow students to build confidence and learn from their mistakes while participating in carefully designed simulation scenarios with specific learning objectives. Programs shared many innovations including a hospital simulation where students and faculty work in eight-hour shifts over 72 hours and use of standardized patients (actors) to build skills in cultural competency. 


Two grantees focused on transition to practice. One program involved building competency in the care of older adults through development of a geriatric competency validation toolbox. The second program worked with hospital employers to identify needs to better prepare students for practice in a changing healthcare system. This collaboration led to the development of learning modules so students can understand how their documentation relates to hospital quality measures and other key topics. 


One multiyear project focused on range and distribution of clinical contact hours. This grant is exploring students’ clinical and simulation experiences including evidence-based clinical simulations. The research team seeks to identify the average number of clinical hours (patient encounters) necessary to achieve a high quality student clinical outcome. 


For more information on this important grant program, including how and when to apply for future funding cycle, visit the NIGP page on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Website.  

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