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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, $1.8 million is annually available to both public and privately-funded educational institutions with registered nursing programs. Over the ten-year lifespan of this initiative, a total of $23 million will have been invested by the State of Kansas to increase the education of additional registered nurses. 

Kansas Nursing Initiative - Snapshot of Success

Achievements: FY2007 - FY2015

  • 3,751 additional nursing students admitted
  • 348 additional full-time and 389 additional part-time nursing faculty hired
  • 235 Nurse Educator Service Scholarships awarded
  • 27 human patient simulators placed into nursing classrooms
  • 2,865 additional nursing students graduated
IMAGE LINK Nursing Sept2016 The Kansas Nursing Grant Initiative Report (September 2016) (pdf)
LINK-IMAGE Nursing 8years   Year Eight: The Kansas Nursing Initiative Consolidated Report (July 2015) (pdf)
picture of report cover - Nursing 7 years   The Kansas Nursing Initiative Consolidated Report - Year Seven (pdf)
Picture of report cover - Nursing 6 years   The First Six Years Consolidated Report (pdf)


FY17 Annual Report Template (doc)
Time & Effort Annual Certification (doc)

New Nursing RFP

Application A - FY18 Nursing RFP (doc)
Application B - FY18 Nursing RFP (doc)
FY18 Nursing RFP (doc)

For more information or assistance with this initiative, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 785.430.4272.