read ana' s summary of the bill [pdf] http://www.ana.org/gova/federal/news/finalsum.pdf
nurse education, retention, and practice grants:
amends current basic nurse education act authority to create three separate concentrations: education, practice, and retention. within the new retention authority, provides secretary with the ability to award grants to eligible entities (schools of nursing, health care facilities, or coalitions of schools and facilities) to promote career advancement for nursing personnel (rns, lpns, cnas, hhas), to promote specialty training, to develop pre-entry programs, and to support mentoring and career counseling.
within the new retention authority, allows secretary to award grants to eligible entities to improve patient care sensitive to nursing activities by enhancing collaboration among health care professionals, and by promoting nurse involvement in the organizational and decision making processes of the health care facility.
these grants are designed to encourage facilities to implement the american nurses credentialing center's (ancc's) magnet recognition program criteria for excellence in nursing services.
full text of act:
sec. 831. nurse education, practice, and retention grants.
``(a) education priority areas.--the secretary may award grants to
or enter into contracts with eligible entities for--
``(1) expanding the enrollment in baccalaureate nursing
``(2) developing and implementing internship and residency
programs to encourage mentoring and the development of
``(3) providing education in new technologies, including
distance learning methodologies.
``(b) practice priority areas.--the secretary may award grants to or
enter into contracts with eligible entities for--
``(1) establishing or expanding nursing practice
arrangements in noninstitutional settings to demonstrate methods
to improve access to primary health care in medically
``(2) providing care for underserved populations and other
high-risk groups such as the elderly, individuals with hiv/aids,
substance abusers, the homeless, and victims of domestic
``(3) providing managed care, quality improvement, and other
skills needed to practice in existing and emerging organized
health care systems; or
``(4) developing cultural competencies among nurses.
``(c) retention priority areas.--the secretary may award grants to and enter into contracts with eligible entities to enhance the nursing workforce by initiating and maintaining nurse retention programs pursuant to paragraph (1) or (2).
``(1) grants for career ladder programs.--the secretary may award grants to and enter into contracts with eligible entities for programs--
``(a) to promote career advancement for nursing
personnel in a variety of training settings, cross
training or specialty training among diverse population
groups, and the advancement of individuals including to
become professional nurses, advanced education nurses,
licensed practical nurses, certified nurse assistants,
and home health aides; and
``(b) to assist individuals in obtaining education
and training required to enter the nursing profession
and advance within such profession, such as by providing
career counseling and mentoring.
``(2) enhancing patient care delivery systems.--
``(a) grants.--the secretary may award grants to
eligible entities to improve the retention of nurses and
enhance patient care that is directly related to nursing
activities by enhancing collaboration and communication
among nurses and other health care professionals, and
by promoting nurse involvement in the organizational and
clinical decisionmaking processes of a health care
``(b) preference.--in making awards of grants under
this paragraph, the secretary shall give a preference to
applicants that have not previously received an award
under this paragraph.
``(c) continuation of an award.--the secretary shall
make continuation of any award under this paragraph
beyond the second year of such award contingent on the
recipient of such award having demonstrated to the
secretary measurable and substantive improvement in
nurse retention or patient care.
``(d) other priority areas.--the secretary may award grants to or enter into contracts with eligible entities to address other areas that are of high priority to nurse education, practice, and retention, as determined by the secretary.
governments determination of health professional shortage areas
look here to locate areas that would qualify you to fulfill above requirments. not all in high crime areas or rural setings. you'll be surprised.