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.
For more information, go to About the Nursing & Allied Health Initiative.
There are over 21,000 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in Massachusetts alone. Beginning as an LPN affords those with low income, single parents, career changers and new immigrants a quick admission to the workforce. This brings a more diverse population into nursing that otherwise would not have had the opportunity to enter the profession. There is broad agreement that a diverse nursing workforce is essential to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse population.
These practical nursing students show extreme dedication and commitment by completing rigorous PN programs, some as short as 10 months, to prepare them to begin their careers. For some, this will be the start of a pathway to becoming a registered nurse and LPN to BSN programs are filling that need.
The 3rd Annual Massachusetts Healthcare Workforce Summit, titled "A Culture of Health Building Healthier Communities Together," took place on September 30, 2016. Nursing and Allied Health Professionals joined the Massachusetts Action Coalition for networking, poster presentations, breakout sessions and a keynote address from Dr. Joanne Disch, former president of the American Academy of Nursing and professor at the University of Minnesota.
Download materials from the summit here.
The Western MA Nursing Collaborative is hosting a RN Educational Advancement Open House for student and working nurses on Thursday, October 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m at Baystate Whitney Avenue Conference Center, 361 Whitney Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040. This event is for student nurses nearing graduation and practicing RNs interested in advancing their education. Nurses interested in returning to school or continuing their education can stop in at any time, supervised activities will be available for children ages 4-12. All attendees will be entered to win a $500 scholarship towards their nursing textbooks. Nancy Shendell-Falik, President, Baystate Medical Center and Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations, Baystate Health Inc., will deliver a special presentation on her professional journey “From RN to President” at 6 p.m.