The purpose of the AENT Program is to increase the number of advanced education nurses trained to practice as primary care providers and/or nursing faculty to address the nurse faculty shortage that inhibits nursing schools from educating the number of nurses need to meet demand. This purpose is met by providing grant funding for traineeships that will pay all or part of the costs of the tuition, books, and fees of the program of advanced nurse education, and the reasonable living expenses of the individual during the period for which the traineeship is provided.
Eligible applicants are collegiate schools of nursing, academic health centers, and other private or public entities accredited by a national nurse education accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
Statutory Funding Preference will be given to applicants that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in State or local health departments. Special Consideration will be given to eligible entities that agree to expend the award to train advanced education nurses who will practice in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
AENT funds are awarded to institutions.
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