Hoeven Announces $350,000 Grant for NDSU Nursing Program

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $350,000 grant to the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Department of Nursing for its Indigenous Wisdom in Nursing (I-WIN) Program. The grant will be used to foster diversity in the nursing workforce by providing financial assistance to students who are typically from backgrounds underrepresented among registered nurses, most notably American Indians.

“We’ve been working hard to ensure that North Dakotans and all Americans have access to adequate health care services, regardless of their background or zip code,” said Hoeven. “An important part of that is developing our health care workforce and training service providers who share and understand our residents’ heritage, providing culturally competent service. The stipend and scholarships that will come from this grant will prove beneficial to a number of talented NDSU students, enabling them to advance their studies and, in turn, give back to our communities that benefit from well-educated, skilled healthcare professionals.”

The grant is awarded to NDSU through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Nursing Workforce Diversity program. As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Hoeven is working to secure funds that support health care workforce development, especially for rural and underserved areas.