Nursing & Allied Health Initiative

Nursing students at University of Massachusetts Amherst

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.

What's New

New Allied Health Advisory Group Report

Geoff Vercauteren, Director of Healthcare Workforce Development at the Department of Higher Education, has issued the Allied Health Advisory Group (AHAG) Year One Report. The report shows progress on many AHAG goals, and identifies areas of focus for the future.

PDF 2015-2016 Summary Progress Report


Core Competencies Updated for Registered Nurses in Massachusetts

Nearly six years after the publication of the Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies© - Registered Nurse (NOFNCC-RN) and their implementation into academic and practice settings across the state, the Nurse of Future Competency Committee has just published an updated version.

This edition of the Nurse of the Future Core Nursing Competencies is a result of a review and updating process to ensure that the competencies reflect the many changes that have occurred in the health care environment and nursing practice, for example in the area of Informatics and Technology. The competencies still represent the minimum expectations for all nurses as they complete their pre-licensure education. As nursing education and practice continue to evolve in response to the needs of patients and the health care environment, these competencies will require ongoing review and evaluation to ensure that they continue to define the expectations for entry into nursing practice.

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Nursing Core Competencies Toolkit

Designed as a resource guide designed to help facilitate the implementation of Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies© (NOFNCC), the Toolkit has now been updated to reflect changes in the new edition of the NOFNCC described above.

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