SB 191 – This act creates the Caring for Missourians Program within the Department of Higher Education for the awarding of grants to eligible Missouri public institutions of higher education. To be eligible for a grant, an institution must offer a nursing program that meets a predetermined category and area of need as established by the Department of Higher Education and the State Board of Nursing. When establishing categories and areas of need, the Department and Board may consider: data from licensure renewal and from the Department of Health and Senior Services; national nursing statistical data and trends for nursing shortages; and reports from the Institute of Medicine or Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The State Board of Nursing is authorized to provide funding to the program.
This act repeals the Nurse Training Incentive Fund.
This act is similar to provisions contained in HCS/SB 325 (2011) and HCS/HBs 223 & 231 (2011).