Nurse Support Program II (NSP II)

​The Nurse Support Program (NSP)  is funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) and administered by Maryland Higher Education Commission.  The goal of NSP is to increase the number of bedside nurses in Maryland hospitals.  NSP I is hospital centered while NSP II focuses on expanding the capacity to educate nurses through nursing education programs at Maryland institutions.

The Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) initiated nurse education support funding (formerly titled the Nurse Education Support Program or NESP) in 1986 through the collaborative efforts of hospitals, payers, and nursing representatives. Originally, the NESP focused on supporting scholarships for college and hospital-based training of Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). In July, 2001, the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) implemented the first phase of the Nurse Support Program (NSP I) to address the short and long-term issues of recruiting and retaining nurses in Maryland hospitals. Hospitals were eligible to receive the lesser of their budget request or up to 0.1% of the hospital's gross patient revenue for the previous fiscal year, to be provided through hospital rate adjustments, for approved projects that address the individual needs of the hospitals as they relate to nurse recruitment and retention.
The NSP I exposed the inability of nursing programs to accept large numbers of students because of limited capacity due to nursing faculty shortages. The shortage of qualified nursing faculty was the fundamental obstacle to expanding the enrollments in nursing programs, thereby exacerbating the nursing shortage in future years. At its May 4, 2005, public meeting, the HSCRC unanimously approved an increase of 0.1% of regulated patient revenue for the use in expanding the pool of nurses in the State by increasing the capacity of nursing programs in Maryland. The NSP II funded the first projects for educational institutions and faculty development in FY 2006. On April 12, 2006, the HSCRC approved a one-year extension of the NSP I in order to provide the opportunity for staff to continue to evaluate and update the program. On April 11, 2007 the Commission approved a five-year funding of NSP I.  On July 11, 2012, NSP I was renewed for an additional 5 years. On March 7, 2012, HSCRC approved modifications to NSP II to include increased doctoral education support for greater development of new and existing nursing faculty. On January 14, 2015, NSP II was renewed for an additional five years of up to 0.1% of the hospital gross patient revenue.

Over the years, the Nurse Support Program, both NSP I and NSP II (originally Nurse Education Support Program) has been expanded to encourage new and innovative approaches to address the challenges and demands facing the nursing and allied professions. It has successfully met the needs of hospitals for nursing professionals and schools of nursing for educational capacity through faculty development to ensure qualified bedside nurses for over 26 years.

NSP II Outcomes Evaluation FY 2006 - FY 2015 and Recommendations for Future Funding

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