2014 Massachusetts Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing - Applications Now Available
Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation, in collaboration with UMass Lowell School of Nursing, is now accepting applications for its 4th annual Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing. The Institute is an exciting educational and professional opportunity designed for nursing faculty who want to strengthen their knowledge and leadership in geriatric nursing education in support of the Institute’s mission to expand the state’s capacity to educate nurses who are prepared to care for older adults.
Eligible applicants must be currently employed as a nursing faculty member, instructor or program director at an accredited Massachusetts nursing program. There is no cost to participate in the program, scheduled from August 11-August 14th, and participants will receive a stipend and CEUs upon completion.
Application deadline: April 1, 2014
For more information and the application materials, please click here.
MA Board of Higher Education Supports New Nursing Compact, Endorses Effort to Streamline Student Transfer to Four-Year Programs
Boston, MA–February 21, 2014–The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) is taking steps
to make it easier for nurses to pursue advanced degrees, with the goal of improving patient outcomes
across the Commonwealth.
On January 28 the BHE endorsed a new Nursing Education Transfer Compact developed by the
Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC), a partnership between the Organization of Nurse Leaders of
Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The goals of
the Compact are to provide a “seamless, cost effective, timely and transparent pathway” from community
college nursing programs, where students earn Associate degrees in nursing (ADN), to state universities
and UMass campuses, where they can earn Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing (BSN). Eligible
students are those who have completed an ADN at a Massachusetts community college, passed the
NCLEX-RN exam, and completed the requirements of the MassTransfer program, which allows students to transfer general education credits.
>> Download the full press release
Article Highlights Success of DHE Nursing Grant Program
Read about UMass Lowell and partner D'Youville Life and Wellness Community: Click here for article
Nursing and Allied Health Initiative: Request for Proposals for FY2014 - Closed
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 deadline of January 21, 2014 has passed. This RFP is now closed. A list of grantees will be posted when it becomes available.
Visit the Comm-PASS website, linked below, to view changes and updates to this RFP:
>> 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."
>> Read more
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