The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a new funding opportunity for CRNAs called the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program. This funding is intended to increase the supply and distribution of CRNAs who are well prepared and positioned to practice independently and collaboratively within interprofessional teams and to deliver evidence-based, high quality, and safe anesthesia and pain management services. It is also intended to expand access to anesthesia services, especially to rural, urban, and tribal underserved communities nationwide. HRSA will award approximately $2.2 million per year to up to 80 grantees over a period of four years. Eligible grant award recipients are accredited institutions that educate registered nurses to become nurse anesthetists. Recipient institutions, in turn, disburse funds to students in the form of traineeship support. Eligible applicants include accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state, or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities determined appropriate by the Secretary. Domestic community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply. Individuals and foreign entities are not eligible applicants under this grant. Applicants must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs at the time of application, and for the duration of the award. Applications are due on February 10, 2023. You can find more information on the grant here. HRSA is hosting a webinar on this grant is on January 10, 2023, you can access the webinar here

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