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  • MA Action Coalition Featured in MARN Newsletter

    In their March 2014 edition, MARN featured an article written by MAAC member Ashley Waddell, entitled, Time to Go Back to School? Massachusetts Action Coalition Works to Improve Academic Progression in Nursing.

    "The long-running conversation about academic preparation level of nurses was reinvigorated with the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing; Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010). Right now, approximately 55% of Massachusetts’ nursing workforce holds a BS/N degree or higher. “This is a good starting place, but we have a lot of work to do to get to the recommended level of 80%,” notes Patricia Crombie, MSN, RN, Project Director of Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC)."

    >> Download the full article (.PDF)
    >> Read the newsletter at MARN's website

  • Nurse-Focused Care Transitions Education Program Gets National Attention
  • March 14 - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published an article featuring the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation's Care Transitions Education Project (CTEP).

    "Care transitions - when patients are transferred from one care provider or setting to another—are a fragile point on the health care continuum. A group of health care experts, including nurses, are working to improve care transitions and are getting national attention for their efforts.

    In February, the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation received a prestigious award from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in part because of its Care Transitions Education Project (CTEP), which trains nurses to lead and improve care transitions."

    >> Read the full article
    >> Learn more about the Care Transitions Education Project

  • Nursing Education Redesign Grants Announced for FY2014

    The Department of Higher Education (DHE) Nursing Education Redesign Grants for FY2014 were recently announced. The awards, totaling nearly $152,170, are made through the DHE’s Nursing and Allied Health Initiative (N&AHI).

    • Cape Cod Community College: $49,800
      "RN to BSN Program,” in partnership with UMass Boston.
    • Fitchburg State University: $53,840
      "Pathways to LPN and to BSN for Veterans," in partnership with Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.
    • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: $16,730
      "Analysis of Nurse Competency Assessment Tool (NCAT) based on MA Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies Model,” in partnership with St. Anne’s Hospital-Steward and St. Vincent’s Hospital.
    • University of Massachusetts Lowell: $31,800
      “The NP Attending and NP Education Unit: Two Models to Increase Faculty and Preceptor Capacity," in partnership with the Lowell Community Health Center and the Nevins Methuen PACE Center.
  • There are several other proposals still under consideration – please watch for further announcements. One page summaries of all grants will be made available soon. For descriptions of other projects funded under the N&AHI, please see Current Projects.

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    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 (.PDF)
    >> Download the Nursing Education Transfer Compact (.PDF)

  • Article Highlights Success of DHE Nursing Grant Program
  • Read about UMass Lowell and partner D'Youville Life and Wellness Community: Click here for article.

  • New RN to BSN Program Attracts UMass Memorial Nurses; Commissioner Freeland, President Maloney Celebrate Program’s Success
  • 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 (.PDF)

    Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook cover
  • 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)

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    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 External link

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  • Most Recent RFP:

    No new RFPs are currently listed. Watch for upcoming announcements of Nursing and Allied Health Initiative RFPs.

The DHE’s Nursing and Allied Health Initiative performs a critical intermediary role as facilitator and independent broker of public and private partnerships of higher education faculty and executives, health care employers, industry associations and other key stakeholders. This initiative also sponsors, leads and coordinates statewide and regional pilot innovation programs to increase the supply of qualified nurses and allied health professionals, increase the capacity of nursing faculty in our higher education institutions, and reform curriculum to address emerging industry requirements for healthcare quality improvements.



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