Monday, November 23rd 2020

Nursing program receives $90,000 grant to purchase additional simulation equipment

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) awarded the Kilgore College Nursing Program with a $90,000 grant from the Nursing Innovation Grant Program (NIGP). 

THECB created the grant program to “support clinical learning experiences to mitigate impediments due to COVID-19.”

The funds will be used to purchase additional equipment that will allow for an increase in simulation hours for KC nursing students.

“The grant money comes at a great time. With the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical opportunities in the area for our students have been limited,” said Dayna Davidson, director of nursing. “Being able to purchase additional simulation equipment will greatly help to offset the loss of traditional clinical hours for our students.”

Additional simulation equipment will allow KC nursing students to learn how to care for patients in a safe learning environment without having to be on-site at a local healthcare facility.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to keep up with the ever-increasing need for skilled nurses in the East Texas area,” Davidson said.

“Thanks to this grant we will be able to add much needed simulation experiences to each level of the program without reducing the number of students being admitted each semester.”

For more information on the nursing program at KC, visit

About the Nursing Innovation Grant Program:

The Nursing Innovation Grant Program is an initiative to help address the state's nursing shortage. NIGP was established by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and codified in Texas Education Code Section 63.202 (f) and (g) to help relieve the state's nursing shortage. It is funded with proceeds from the Texas Tobacco Lawsuit Settlement.