The Kansas Nursing Initiative

The Kansas Nursing Initiative was developed to address the growing nursing shortage in the state, providing needed resources to nursing education programs to enable them to increase their capacity of nursing students.

The 2006 Legislature responded by investing $3.4 million dollars in grant funds as part of a 10-year commitment to begin addressing four identified barriers to nursing education program expansion. These grant funds were made available to public postsecondary institutions with nursing programs through a competitive grant process and required matching funds from the institution. Beginning in FY2007, the three grant opportunities included:

  • Nurse Educator Scholarships - $200,000 with a required match of $1 per $2 awarded
  • Nursing Faculty Salaries and Supplies* - $1.2M with a required match of $1 per $1 awarded
  • Nursing Equipment/Facility Upgrades** - $2M with a required match of $1 per $2 awarded

*For FY 2008, the Kansas Legislature increased the grant appropriation for Nursing Faculty Salaries and Supplies by $600,000 for a new annual total of $1,800,000. Each institution submitted a supplemental grant proposal for a portion of these additional funds. For FY 2009, the Kansas Legislature again increased the grant appropriation for Nursing Faculty Salaries and Supplies by $100,000 to be awarded to private nursing programs (at four private sector institutions—Brown Mackie College-Lenexa, Brown Mackie College-Salina, MidAmerica Nazarene University and Southwestern College), for a new annual total of $1,900,000. 

**This particular grant appropriation was established for one year only, and was terminated at the end of FY 2007.

Today, subject to annual appropriation from the Legislature, $1.9 million is annually available to both public and privately funded educational institutions with registered nursing programs. Over the ten-year lifespan (July 2006 to June 2016) of this initiative, a total of $23 million will have been invested by the state to increase the education of additional registered nurses. 

Snapshot of Success

Nursing Initiative Achievements: FY2007-2013

  • 3,056 additional nursing students admitted (175% above goal)
  • 263 additional full-time and 277 additional part-time nursing faculty hired
  • 167 Nurse Educator Service Scholarships awarded
  • 27 human patient simulators placed into nursing classrooms
  • 1,873 additional nursing students graduated
Nursing Initiative Report - Year Seven   The Kansas Nursing Initiative Consolidated Report - Year Seven (pdf)
Nursing Initiative Report - The First Six Years   The First Six Years Consolidated Report (pdf)


FY14 Annual Report Template
Time & Effort Annual Certification
FY15 Intent To Participate Sample Letter
FY15 Budget Form

For assistance with this grant contact Connie Beene at 785-296-3421.