Nursing and Allied Health Initiative: Request for Proposals for FY2014 - Please see amendment to Project Timeline (below)
Approximately $250,000 will be available to fund projects in the $25,000 to $75,000 range. The RFP focuses on several priority areas defined by the Nursing and Allied Health Advisory Committee. These priorities reflect recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
Proposals may offer new innovations or may continue and extend prior successful models in order to reach a meaningful level of scale. Specific themes include:
- Seamless academic progression - advancing the education level of incumbent nurses from the ADN to BS/N level or higher through employer/academic partnerships
- Pathways for LPNs - advancing seamlessly to the BS/N or higher level; may include programs to aid the transition of military veterans into nursing careers
- Nursing faculty shortage - building additional capacity and planning for retirements
- Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies© - implementing these competencies in academic and practice settings
- Advanced practice registered nurses - addressing growing demand, especially for Nurse Practitioners
The DHE will be hosting a call-in information session on December 9th from 10:00 to 11:30 am. The call-in number is (781) 338-3096, pass code: 284923.
Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014.
>> Application and information at Comm-PASSNew RN to BSN Program Attracts UMass Memorial Nurses; Commissioner Freeland, President Maloney Celebrate Program’s Success
>> Download instructions for Comm-PASS (.DOC)
From Worcester State University:
"At a recent visit to the UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMC), two nurses who work there told Department of Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland and Worcester State University President Barry Maloney that a new Worcester State RN-to-BSN program is meeting their needs to advance their careers and better serve patients."
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The Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC) has been featured in the September 2013 issue of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation publication, Charting Nursing's Future. Read how the Massachusetts Action Coalition is advancing Academic Progression through competency-based education.
>> Download Charting Nursing's Future
We are pleased to present the updated edition of the Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook (.PDF: 8MB), a DHE grant project that was completed by Commonwealth Corporation. This graphical resource contains charts that inform workforce development professionals, educators, employers, and jobseekers about the status and recent history of Healthcare careers and the Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector in the Commonwealth. The updated edition examines changes since 2007 in the wide range of jobs that make up the healthcare workforce and is available for download by clicking the link below.
>> Download the Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook (.PDF: 8MB)
Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development: "A Strategic Workforce Plan for the Massachusetts' Healthcare Sector" was officially released on November 1, 2012.
From the Executive Summary:
"This document represents the first step in an ongoing process to develop a comprehensive plan to address nursing and allied health workforce development. In fact, this first version of the plan focuses exclusively on the nursing workforce. We intend to prepare and release an addendum later in 2013 which will focus on the workforce challenges unique to select professions in allied health." >> Read more (2MB PDF) >> Appendices (12MB PDF)
From BORN: Graduates of Board-Approved Prelicensure Nursing Education Programs, by program, 2002 - 2012.
DHE Forward, December 14, 2012 – the monthly update on initiatives and trends at the DHE and in Massachusetts public higher education featured Commissioner Richard Freeland’s Message, "A Nursing Plan that Works":
"Massachusetts is world renowned for the excellence of its teaching hospitals. Its health care system served as a model for the national Affordable Care Act. But like many other states, the Commonwealth faces a critical, structural shortage in its nursing workforce and is committed to educate nurses for jobs in a rapidly changing industry landscape." >> Read more