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  • Future of Nursing Scholars Program Announced by RWJF

    The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars program is to develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care. The Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to ensure that the nation has a diverse and well-trained leadership and workforce to build a Culture of Health across this country in which good health flourishes across all demographics, where being healthy and staying that way are esteemed social values and where everyone has access to affordable, quality health care. In order to achieve these goals, we need to prepare a cadre of researchers, innovators, policymakers, nurse leaders and faculty. In addition, the Future of Nursing Scholars program advances the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendation—from the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report—to double the number of nurses in the United States with doctoral degrees.

    Schools with research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply for the program. Selected schools will choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars. The school must be committed to facilitating the scholar’s completion of the PhD in three academic years. The scholars selected by the school must also be committed to completing their PhD program in three academic years. Program alumni who plan to enter faculty roles after graduation will be eligible to apply for a one-year postdoctoral award selected on a competitive basis.

    >> Learn more

  • MA Board of Higher Ed Approves Allied Health Direct Care Workforce Plan

    At its last meeting of the year at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston (MassArt), the BHE approved the Massachusetts Allied Health Direct Care Workforce Plan (.PDF) to create “stackable credentials” for workers in community-based settings. The largely female direct care workforce includes certified nurse assistants, medical assistants, personal care and home health aides, who typically work in low-wage, non-benefitted positions.

    “These are people who are on the new front lines of our health care system,” said David Cedrone, Associate Commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development. “We need to grow this workforce and provide them with educational pathways that allow them to acquire credentials that ‘stack’ to for-credit college courses, certificates, and degrees.”

    Our Commonwealth’s higher education network, specifically community colleges, serve as integral partners in training the direct care workers," said Lisa Gurgone, Executive Director of the Home Care Aide Council. "The DHE plan offers a vision for ways to both strengthen the existing relationships between long term care providers and the higher education network and strategies for developing new partnerships and opportunities to support this essential workforce moving forward.”

    >> Allied Health Direct Care Workforce Plan (.PDF)

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    MA Action Coalition Releases Nursing Core Competencies Toolkit As Part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing Grant Program

  • The Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC) has released “The Massachusetts Nursing Core Competencies: A Toolkit for Implementation in Education and Practice Settings,” a new resource guide designed to help facilitate the implementation of Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies© (NOFNCC). The toolkit includes a description of the 10 competencies and the value of each in context of curriculum/practice and features distinct learning activities for both settings with questions for reflection.

    >> More info
    >> Download the Toolkit (.PDF: 2MB)

  • 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
    >> Learn more about Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation
    >> Learn more about The Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Inc. (MA-NH-RI)

  • Nursing Education Redesign Grants Announced for FY2014

    The Department of Higher Education (DHE) Nursing Education Redesign Grants for FY2014 were recently announced in March and April. The awards, totaling $243,911, 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.
      Summary (.DOC)
    • Fitchburg State University: $53,840
      "Pathways to LPN and to BSN for Veterans," in partnership with Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.
      Summary (.DOC)
    • 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.
      Summary (.DOC)
    • 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.
      Summary (.DOC)
    • Holyoke Community College: $41,741
      “The PN2RN Program will develop a seamless LPN to BSN academic pathway”, in partnership with Elms College and Wingate Health Care.
      Summary (.DOC)
    • American International College: $50,000
      “Seamless Nursing Redesign Project to enhance the educational pathway for RNs seeking a BSN and to increase the number of advanced practice nurses,” in partnership with Noble Hospital, Baystate Medical Center and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC).
      Summary (.DOC)
  • 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).

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

  • 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

  • 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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