MANPOWER ACT OF 1968
(Public Law 90-490)
A Continuation and Expansion of the Nurse Training Act of 1964
Purpose. . .
To increase the supply of wellprepared nurses in the United States through a program of Federal assistance to nursing education and to students of nursing.
Authorized under the act are Special Project Grants for improvement in Nurse Training; Institutional Grants for Schools of Nursing (there are no funds for these grants in the HEW budget for fiscal year 1970 or in the Department's request for 1971), Nursing Scholarships and Nursing Students Loans.
Those in continuing education need to keep current on the Professional Nurse Traineeships which are available to graduate nurses for both full time academic study and short-term intensive training.
Short-term traineeships are awarded to nurses for study in short-term intensive courses sponsored by institutions of higher learning, health agencies, and other public or private nonprofit organizations.
Sponsors select trainees from registered nurse applicants, who are
* Citizens of the United States or persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence;
* Graduates of State-approved schools of nursing and currently licensed as registered nurses in a State or a possession of the United States;
* Employed in or committed to positions in administration, supervision, teaching, or in a clinical specialty;
* Recommended by their employers and released from their regular employment for short-term training.
Provisions to Students
Sponsors may award trainees both daily stipend and tuition, tuition only, or stipend only. The stipends are paid to nonresident trainees for whom a temporary change of residence is necessary to attend a course which must continue for at least five days of not less than six hours of full-time study.
The Division of Nursing notes certain trends. Grants are made predominately to universities, with professionals organizations second, although any public or private agency may apply. The cost of tuition has increased, hence the Division supports fewer trainees, courses tend to be longer, designed for more continuity and reflect the clinical . interest of nursing, although many applications are in the functional areas of administration, teaching skills or inservice education.
Less weil-known is the fact that under Construction Grants made to baccalaureate and higher degree Schools of Nursing, (existing or new) space may be requested for nondegreeoriented advanced training. It becomes important that those in continuing education participate in the development of the grant application to ensure that continuing education needs are met.