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Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program
Application Deadline: Mar 6, 2020
Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Awards funding to eligible institutions that then distribute funds, based on a formula, to full-time nurse anesthetist trainees to pay for full or partial tuition and fees, required books and e-books, and reasonable living expenses. Aims to increase the number of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) trained and willing to offer evidence-based, high quality, and safe anesthesia and pain management services to rural and underserved communities. Helps provide didactic and clinical teaching and training in opioid use disorder (OUD) management, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and other healthcare services.
Applicants are encouraged to address one of the following program priorities:
- Combating opioid use disorder and mental health issues
- Initiatives for improved care quality and delivery of value-based care
- Workforce transformation centered on targeting needs
- Childhood obesity
- Maternal mortality
Amount of Funding
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 80
Estimated total annual program funding: $2,250,000
Awards will be distributed among all eligible institutions based on a formula calculation using data supplied by applicants in the NAT Program Specific Data Forms.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include:
- Schools of nursing
- Nursing centers
- Academic health centers
- State or local governments
- Public or private nonprofit entities
- Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations
- Tribes and tribal organizations
Applicants must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs at the time of application and for the duration of the award.
Foreign entities are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.
Students/trainees eligible for NAT traineeship support must be:
- Enrolled full-time in an accredited course of study leading to a graduate degree in nurse anesthesia
- A citizen of the United States or a foreign national having in his/her possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States, or a non-citizen national
- Eligible to sit for the national certification examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) upon program completion
Individuals on temporary student visas are not eligible to receive NAT traineeship support.
Funding preference will be given to projects that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in state or local health departments. To qualify for statutory funding preference, applicants must demonstrate that at least 60% of graduates from the preceding academic year are currently employed in rural or underserved clinical practice settings.
Special consideration will be given to an eligible entity that agrees to use awarded funds to train CRNAs who will serve Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). To qualify for special consideration, applicants must demonstrate that at least 60% of graduates from the preceding academic year, 2018-2019, are currently employed in HPSAs.
Applicants interested in requesting special consideration can use the Find Shortage Areas by Address tool to determine whether a specific address is located in an HPSA for this funding opportunity.
What This Program Funds
Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.
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assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal
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Karen Delia Breeden, MPA
Michael McCalla, MSHA
Past awards communities have received can be found on the program website.
Communities who have received funding to address the healthcare needs in rural areas include:
- Samford University, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama, received grant funds to prepare nurse anesthesia program graduates to provide healthcare to rural and underserved communities in Alabama.
- University of North Florida in Jacksonville was awarded funding to produce Nurse Anesthetist Program (NAP) graduates who are trained to provide rural and medically-underserved communities with high-quality pain management services.
- University of Minnesota School of Nursing in Minneapolis received funding to increase access to anesthesia, pain management, and opioid and other substance use disorder services in rural and underserved areas.
- University of North Dakota in Grand Forks received grant funds to increase the amount of CRNAs practicing in rural and underserved areas across the state.
- University of New England's Master of Science in Anesthesia Program received funding to address the healthcare workforce/provider shortage and prevent drug overdoses in rural Maine.
Topics This Program Addresses
Education and Training • Healthcare Workforce • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Opioids • Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology • Treatment