Advanced Nursing Education Program

Announcement Number:

Bureau of Health Workforce

Date(s) to Apply:
11/16/2015 to 01/15/2016

Estimated Award Date:

What is the program?

The Advanced Nursing Education (ANE) Program supports the enhancement of advanced nursing education and practice.  

Funded projects will start creative academic-practice partnerships within advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) primary care programs.

Partnerships between academic institutions and rural or underserved primary care practice sites will promote APRN students’ readiness to practice upon graduation. They'll do this by improving training and competencies for both students and preceptors.  

Working collectively, these partnerships will:

  • Facilitate the meaningful exchange of information to identify the needs of the community and the clinical workforce;
  • Use this information to enhance curriculum, preceptor recruitment, training and evaluation; and
  • Shape the experiential training of advance practice nursing students so they're prepared to provide care for rural and underserved populations.

What are the program requirments?

The ANE program supports partnerships formed between academic institutions and primary care practice sites to improve experiential training and competencies for students and preceptors. 

ANE applicants must create academic-practice partnerships and use these partnerships to develop new strategies and models for preparing graduate nursing students to address the unique, medically-complex needs of rural and underserved populations. 

This must include a definitive, measurable plan to facilitate the meaningful exchange of information between programs of nursing and primary care practice sites that serve underserved and rural populations.  This meaningful exchange of information will highlight any gaps in student preparation and preceptor knowledge and skills and lead to recommendations to resolve these training gaps.

ANE applicants must:

  • Establish or enhance academic-practice partnerships between at least one school of nursing and two or more primary care facilities that are located in underserved and/or rural settings;
  • Establish formal, ongoing feedback mechanisms between schools and practice sites to yield enhanced curriculum and a meaningful training experience by:
    • Assessing advanced practice students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities and identifying specific training gaps to inform improvements to current curriculum and clinical training; 
    • Assessing preceptor competencies, identifying specific training gaps, and providing the necessary training to improve preceptor knowledge and skills; and
    • Expand clinical training opportunities in primary care settings located in underserved and/or rural settings and place advanced practice nursing students in these practice sites.

What are the funding factors?

We'll use statutory funding preferences. If you request one of the statutory funding preferences, you must request the preference and demonstrate you meet all of the criteria of the identified funding preference. We outline this in Section V.2. Review and Selection Process. 

State your intention to request the funding preference in the Project Abstract and demonstrate meeting the criteria in Attachment 10.

Are you eligible?

The FY 2016 ANE builds upon the investments that began in FY 2015 to increase academic-practice partnerships. 

To leverage existing investments, we will only solicit applications from eligible entities that were not funded under the FY 2015 ANE.

Eligible applicants are schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities determined to be appropriate by the Secretary.

In addition to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are eligible to apply.

Federally recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.

Foreign entities are not eligible, unless the authorizing legislation specifically authorizes awards to foreign entities or the award is for research. This exception does not extend to research training awards or construction of research facilities.


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