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IHS Nurse Residency Program
American Indians into Nursing Program (Section 112)
IHS Scholarship Program
Nurse Extern Program
IHS Loan Repayment Program

IHS Nurse Residency Program

The IHS Nurse Residency Program (IHS-NRP) is a work study program designed to strengthen the nursing workforce in the Indian Health Service, Tribal or Urban health programs through advanced education and improvements in quality management, access, and customer service by increasing nursing knowledge and leadership development.

Application Cycle: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Details and application:
If you have any questions, contact:
Melinda Begay-Njoku
Division of Nursing Assistant
301-443-1840

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American Indians into Nursing Program (Section 112)

This program is authorized under Section 112 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The purpose of the Nursing Grant Program is to increase the number of nurses, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and nurse practitioners who deliver health care services to Native American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

The primary objectives of this grant award:
  1. To recruit and train AI/AN individuals to be nurses (Graduate and Undergraduate)
  2. To provide scholarships to AI/AN individuals enrolled in schools of nursing
  3. To provide a program that encourages AI/AN nurses (Graduate and Undergraduate) to provide or continue to provide, health care services in AI/AN health care programs
  4. To provide a program that increases the skills of, and provides continuing education to AI/AN nurses.

Participating Schools

Health Professions Support Branch
Naomi A. Aspaas, BSN, RN
National Nurse Recruiter
American Indians into Nursing Project Officer
Division of Health Professions Support
801 Thompson Avenue, TMP 450A
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 443-2362
Email: naomi.aspaas@ihs.gov

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IHS Scholarship Program

The IHS Scholarship Program offers three interrelated scholarships to help serve the IHS mission and meet the needs of Indian health programs. The program is open to American Indian and Alaska Native students interested in pursuing a career in a health or allied health profession that serves Indian people and their communities.

Health Professions Preparatory: Pre-Nursing

Health Professions: Professional Nursing Degrees
  • Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN-RN)
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN-RN)
  • Advance Practice Nurse Graduate Degrees
    • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
    • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
    • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
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Nurse Extern Program

IHS student Nurse Extern Program is available to Scholarship Recipients as well as other health professions students to receive clinical nursing experience in an Indian Health Service facility for 30-120 days per calendar year. If you are interested in a Student Nurse Summer Externship contact the Area Scholarship Coordinator. See eligibility to apply at IHS Extern Program.

Dawn Kelly, OD
CAPT, USPHS
Indian Health Service
Scholarship Program
801 Thompson Avenue, TMP-450A
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone :(301)443-6197
Fax: (301) 443-6048

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IHS Loan Repayment Program

The IHS Loan Repayment Program offers health care professionals the opportunity to lighten qualified student loan debts while helping IHS meet the staffing needs of Indian health programs. It is open to health professionals who will commit to working in health facilities serving American Indians and Alaska Natives for a minimum two-year service obligation.

Jackie Santiago
Indian Health Service
Loan Repayment Program
801 Thompson Avenue, TMP-450A
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 443-3396
Fax: (301) 443-4815

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