$4,000,000 has been appropriated to the Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) for the creation of the Nursing Recruitment and Retention Grant.
Nursing Recruitment and Retention Grant (“NRRG”) awards will fund premium pay as part of a strategy to support the recruitment and retention of healthcare workers in high-demand positions. Premium pay will target registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) working in eligible practice settings.
NRRG award recipients will be healthcare institutions and healthcare systems, and these recipients will commit to providing training and professional development to support the retention of the healthcare workers eligible for premium pay.
NRRG funds will be used to make lump sum payments of premium pay wages of $2,500 to RNs, $1,500 to LPNs, and $1,000 to CNAs in eligible positions who remain employed as of January 9, 2024.