Grant Projects

Grant Projects

Supporting the Nursing Workforce

As part of our mission, WCN looks for and applies for grants that support nursing workforce development and leadership in Washington State. Here is what we’ve been working on:

Grant: Washington State Department of Health

Year: Ongoing

Work: WCN is funded by nursing licensing surcharge fees as allowed under RCW 18.79.202 ( through the Washington State Department of Health, part of which states, “…grants may be awarded only to a not-for-profit central nursing resource center that is comprised of and led by nurses. The central nursing resource center will demonstrate coordination with relevant nursing constituents including professional nursing organizations, groups representing nursing educators, staff nurses, nurse managers or executives, and labor organizations representing nurses. The central nursing resource center shall have as its mission to contribute to the health and wellness of Washington state residents by ensuring that there is an adequate nursing workforce to meet the current and future health care needs of the citizens of the state of Washington…”

Legislative Funding: Washington State Department of Health

Years: 2023, 2024, 2025

Work: The 2023 Washington State Legislative session funded an Initiative to support nursing education by addressing the critical need for clinical placement opportunities in Washington. The Washington State Clinical Placement Initiative aims to enhance learning experiences through increased clinical education and practice experiences for future nursing professionals. 

$280,000 of the general fund—state appropriation for fiscal year 2024 and $280,000 of the general fund—state appropriation for fiscal year 2025 are provided solely for the department to contract with the central nursing resource center established in RCW 18.79.202 (WCN) to facilitate communication between nursing education programs and health care facilities that offer clinical placements for the purpose of increasing clinical education and practice experiences for nursing students.

Learn more about the Washington State Clinical Placement Initiative here.

Grant: Colorado Center of Nursing Excellence HRSA Five-State Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Collaborative

Years: 2022, 2023, 2024

Work: This five-state Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Collaborative (Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico, Washington, and Wyoming) will significantly increase the capacity of five Western States to increase the supply and distribution of qualified working SANEs and expand access to sexual assault forensic examinations. Building on years of experience in multiple previous diversity and rural-focused HRSA projects, this five-state project will have a strong focus on rural and underserved communities in addition to a focus on diverse RN nurses. 

This multi-state effort will support the annual recruitment, training and support of at least 135 new SANE certified nurses over three years. We project at least 80% of these will be certified.

Learn more about the SANE Collaborative here. 

Grant: HRSA-UW Grant Subaward

Years: 2022, 2023, 2024

Work: To support the goals of the UW Advancing BIPOC Learning and Engagement (ABLE) Nursing Progression Project, WCN will use subgrant funds to:

  • Support increased interest in careers in nursing education for ABLE Bridge participants by producing a So You Want to Be a Professor workshop annually.
  • Support increased interest in careers in public health nursing for ABLE Bridge participants through the development and production of Caring for Communities: Nursing Careers in Population Health workshops annually.
  • Support the development and sustainability of an ABLE Network of support for multicultural nursing associations.
  • Support an assessment of community needs for multicultural nursing associations with broad community engagement.
  • Contribute to work to develop structure, skills, and support among multicultural nursing associations to provide mentorship to BIPOC students and nurses.
  • Contribute to the development of an organizational toolkit to facilitate the establishment and maturation of multicultural nursing organizations.

Grant: Premera Foundation

Years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Work: Increase interest in nursing education as a career, particularly among underrepresented students and practicing nurses, by expanding the three-day So You Want to be a Professor (SYWTBAP) workshops across Washington State. Learn more about SYWTBAP here.

Grant: Innovations Fund Award

Years: 2019, 2020, 2021

Work: Using data and known models, create and tailor action plans for facilities across the state to screen for and address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) at the point of care with nurses leading this work. Learn more about SDOH here.

Year: 2019

Work: Conduct focus groups with nurses on how Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are being screened for and addressed in care settings across Washington. Collect and report on data to inform strategies for strengthening nursing leadership in this work moving forward. Learn more about SDOH here.

Years: 2012, 2014

Work: The Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative was designed to establish a national program that oversees the implementation of strategies to increase the educational progression of nurses to obtain baccalaureate and higher degrees. Learn more about APIN-WA here.

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