BEEVILLE– Coastal Bend College was notified that it remains in good standing under the Nursing Shortage Reduction Program, and that its 2018 grant was concluded and verified, resulting in a 480-percent increase in student nurses from since 2015.
NSRP grants are multiple years and CBC currently has a $223,976 grant to use within the grant period nursing program. The NSRP grants have enabled CBC to increase student enrollment and develop a successful learning environment – the college saw a 482 percent increase in nursing student enrollment from 2015 through 2018.
Started in 2006, the NSRP provides grant funding to educational institutions with three separate programs designed to increase professional nursing enrollment and graduation rates. The NSRP grant programs are open to all colleges with eligible programs, including private, not-for-profit and community colleges.
CBC graduated all of the nurses it committed to graduating within the year and met all of the requirements for continued participation in the NSRP.
CBC President Dr. Beatriz Espinoza emphasized the college’s commitment to program participation that would send highly qualified nurses into the workforce to address the critical nursing shortages in the state.
“Changing clinical nursing practices require nursing programs to change with them, revising curricula and educational approaches so that graduates can competently step into health care delivery with confidence,” Dr. Espinoza said. “We are proud of not just producing graduates to address this nursing shortage, but also of providing a program that meets the needs of enrollees so that they can be successful in both their educational and professional careers.”