ERIC Number: ED480709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Nursing and Allied Health Shortages: TBR Responds.
Staff members of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission worked jointly to establish a task force to investigate and develop recommendations for addressing the workforce shortages in nursing and allied health in Tennessee. The investigation established that Tennessee already has a workforce shortage of health care professionals, especially registered nurses, and that the shortage will become critical over the next 10 to 15 years. The task force recommended that TBR institutions apply for the federal grants available through the Nursing Reinvestment Act. The following are among the eight recommendations addressed to TBR institutions with academic programs in nursing and allied health: (1) direct marketing efforts to include partnering with local school systems, advocating for legislative support for nursing education, launching aggressive marketing campaigns, and seeking out new ways to expand diversity in nursing programs; (2) present programs in ways that connect with the new generation through technology and increase retention efforts; (3) remove barriers to acquiring skills by improving articulation; (4) consider development of collaborative programs, particularly at the graduate level, to address the need for advance practice nurses and the urgent need for nursing faculty; and (5) continue to support the retraining of displaced workers in the Tennessee Technology Centers' licensed practical nurse programs. (MN)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, Allied Health Occupations Education, Demand Occupations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Employment Patterns, Labor Needs, Labor Turnover, Nurses, Nursing, Nursing Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Role of Education, Secondary Education, Statewide Planning, Student Financial Aid, Student Recruitment
For full text: http://www.tbr.state.tn.us/academic_affairs/news/nrsah.htm.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Board of Regents, Nashville.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee