$4 Million Grant to University of Texas-El Paso Targets State Nursing Shortage

The University of Texas at El Paso will accelerate on-the-job training for registered nurses with the help of a new $4 million grant, according to an El Paso Times report.

The four-year grant, accommodating 54 nurses each year, will allow new nursing school graduates to participate in an immersion residency at eight HCA Healthcare-operated hospitals.  Participants will have a shorter, more intense nursing orientation and will go on to pursue intensive specialized training with the Specialty Nurse Accelerated Program Fellowship.

The grant is intended to combat an anticipated nursing shortage throughout the state. According to the Department of State Health Services, Texas will have a shortage of 71,000 nurses by 2020.

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