The Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC)
initiated the Nurse Education Support Program (NESP) in 1986, through the
collaborative efforts of hospitals, payers, and nursing representatives, to
support scholarships for college and hospital-based training of Registered
Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). The second iteration of the
program, currently the Nurse Support Program I (NSP I), was initiated in 2000
and focused on sustaining the number of beside RNs through educational
opportunities, improved working environments, and retention initiatives.
Over the years, the initiatives to increase the number of
bedside nurses through the NSP I exposed the inability of nursing schools to
accept large numbers of students because of limited nursing faculty capacity.
In 2006, HSCRC began funding programs through the Nurse Support Program II (NSP II),
which focused on increasing the nursing faculty capacity and diversity. For a
comparison of the two nursing programs funded by HSCRC, take a look at our
Quick Guide using the link below.
Learn more about the Nursing Support Programs here: https://nursesupport.org//