Nebraska Collaborative Investment in Nurses


We must invest in the health of nurses. We will implement evidence-based wellness interventions to keep our nursing workforce healthy, so they can provide the best health care to others. By providing resources to address escalated burnout and mental health conditions, we aim to improve the recruitment and retention crisis of nurses.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under U3NHP45394-01-00, Nebraska Collaborative Investment in Nurses: Resiliency, Retention, & Well-being, $2,245,694. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


Health care workers face many challenges and stressors due to high patient volumes, long work hours and workplace demands. Those challenges have been amplified by the pandemic. There is a need for a broader focus on wellness, covering the whole nursing career continuum, from trainees to practicing nurses, addressing burnout and mental health conditions.

In a 2021 report from the American Nurses Association , 75% of the nurses surveyed reported they felt “stressed”, 67% felt “exhausted”, 62% were “overwhelmed” and 51% felt they were “overworked”. On a personal level, when members of this research team saw family members and colleagues struggling throughout the pandemic along with reading reported high rates of burnout, the team came together and saw this grant as a feasible approach to provide some relief and equip nurses with the skills and resources to avoid further burnout.

Burnout and mental health concerns are an ongoing issue for nurses, and it’s going to take a large investment at a systems level. This grant provides steps in the right direction.


The UNMC College of Nursing has received a three-year (2022-2024), $2.2 million grant to work with partners across Nebraska to develop and deploy resources that will promote resiliency and mental health in the nursing workforce. It will be aimed at nursing students, registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses, as well as their employers, working in rural and medically underserved areas.

The grant team will adapt and deliver evidence-based wellness interventions and provide subsequent resources into rural and medically underserved areas in nursing, including our Critical Access Hospitals across the state. Goals of the grant are to aid in management of stressful situations, avoid burnout, and address mental health conditions. The grant will embed wellness interventions into UNMC nursing curriculum, create and evaluate train-the-trainer models and provide free continuing education to practicing Nebraska nurses and their employers across Nebraska.




3 Year Grant (2022-2024)

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