Methodist Healthcare lands nursing grant


Methodist Healthcare in Memphis has been awarded a $1.2 million grant by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop front-line nurse leaders.


The grant proposal, a product of the hospital system’s Center for Nursing Excellence, was funded to develop a program designed to improve patient outcomes and safety by focusing on enhanced development of front-line nurse leaders. The strategy behind the Methodist-developed program model is that by supporting the effectiveness of front-line nurse leaders, staff nurse retention will be impacted and patient outcomes will be improved.

“Earning this grant is a significant achievement for Methodist Healthcare in that these types of health system grants are rare,” said Donna Herrin, senior vice president and chief nurse executive. “HRSA grants are more often awarded to academic institutions.”

More than $1.2 million will be granted over five years to support the implementation of Methodist Healthcare’s front-line nurse leader development program, to measure improvements in nurse retention and to assess the resulting improvements in patient outcomes.


“Methodist has already experienced success addressing the problem of retention, as evidenced by a significant three-year decline in registered nurse turnover,” said Paula Spears, corporate director, Professional Practice and Advancement. “Now, with this grant, we will be able to take patient outcomes and safety to the next level.”


Methodist will select approximately 100 nurse leaders who will be trained and coached over a three-year period.  Metrics in place to measure success include patient satisfaction, nurse satisfaction, nurse turnover and critical patient safety and outcome measures.


In addition to the grant monies from the government, Methodist will provide $613,000 inkind toward this project.