Around the state and throughout the country, schools of nursing are collaborating with hospitals, clinics and other community stakeholders to find creative ways to increase student capacity. Below are a few examples and useful resources.
Tucson Medical Center (TMC) and Pima Community College have partnered to offer a nursing education to select medical center employees. Through an endowment, TMC has built a clinical learning center that includes a skills lab, simulation lab, conference area and banks of computers. Courses are taught by Pima CC faculty and students sign a work commitment in exchange for fully-subsidized tuition, fees and licensure. Click here to view presentation slides about the program or contact Wendy Hendrickson at TMC HealthCare.
California’s schools of nursing are at capacity, turning away interested students, and will only be able to prepare 50 percent of the nurses needed by 2010. Building capacity in schools of nursing is fundamental to solving the nursing shortage. CINHC's "A Compendium of Innovative Practices and Partnership: Expanding Educational Capacity in California Schools of Nursing" is a comprehensive collection of examples of collaboration and partnership throughout California, assembled by school.
California Community Colleges, in partnership with the Regional Health Occupations Resource Centers/Health Care Initiative, have developed a 2-CD Faculty Recruitment Kit. This kit contains brief videos with motivational testimonials from nursing instructors, defines teaching requirements, and provides guidelines and strategies for faculty recruitment, orientation, and retention. You may order a free copy of the CDs or access and view them online. To order your free copy, contact Linda Zorn, Regional Health Occupations Resource Center - Butte College at (530) 879-9049 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To video them online, follow these links: Part 1 - The Nurse Educator Recruitment Video, Part 2 - The Nurse Educator Resource CD.
University of Maryland School of Nursing is partnering with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital on an initiative called “Teach for the Health of It”. They have established an agreement where the school of nursing will use the hospital’s master’s prepared specialists as clinical faculty for the traditional baccalaureate program. The school of nursing will pay SGAH for the use of these faculty members while they remain on the hospital’s payroll. SGAH can utilize up to $10,000 per nurse to prepare faculty and advance their future needs for master’s prepared nurses.
The Hudson Valley Consortium Healthcare Initiative is a partnership of 8 counties, including Orange County Workforce Investment Board and 6 other local WIBS, NorMet Hospital Association and local schools. This unique program allows healthcare providers the opportunity to teach, offers training for these loaned instructors, and in exchange, healthcare organizations are paid per nurse instructor per semester. Orange County Workforce Investment Board is the lead agency, coordinating and administering services and credits, as part of a two-year grant.
Clemson University School of Nursing is engaged in a partnership effort to address the shortage of both registered nurses and nurse faculty. The "LPN to Professor" program involves four hospitals and is supported by a nearly $1 million grant from the Duke Endowment and matching funds divided proportionately among the four participating hospitals. By 2009, this effort is expected to create at least 48 master's prepared nurse educators, 72 baccalaureate-educated RNs, and 90 associate degree-prepared nurses.
"Using Strategic Partnerships to Expand Nursing Education Programs" is an AACN Issue Bulletin with multiple collaboration examples at schools of nursing across the nation. It also includes a link to in-depth profiles of specific programs, including contact information.