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

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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Commissioner Santiago Touts Direct Care Pathways Initiative

UMass Medical School and UMass Dartmouth are joining with six Massachusetts community colleges to create a set of uniform standards --€“ and educational benchmarks --€“ for personal care attendants, home health aides and other workers in an industry aimed at helping others to live their lives the best they can, in their own homes.

Commissioner Carlos Santiago visited UMass Medical School, praising the program that was funded by the Allied Health Grant.

"We're looking for an academic pathway that will provide the credentials for continuing education," Santiago said. "We don't want credentials to be end-points, we are looking for them to be continued in a lifelong process."

>> One-third of Massachusetts' workforce is preparing to retire, UMass Medical is looking to train those who will care for them -
>> UMass Medical School's latest project to benefit direct-care workers, not just patients -

Learn more about the grant here.