Colleagues in Caring: Regional Collaboratives for Nursing Work Force Development

The Foundation's program, Colleagues in Caring: Collaboratives for Nursing Work Force Development, was designed to support nursing service institutions to initiate concerted work force development systems within their regions.Missouri-Kansas City's Colleagues in Caring (The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing) in collaboration with the Kansas City Consortium, a group of representatives of nursing education institutions, health care workplaces, and managed care/insurance companies, will develop innovative models based on the profile and trends in the health care marketplace. The goals are: (1) monitor the health care work place in the region including long-term care, home health, primary care, and managed care; (2) expand a regional nursing work force consortium among schools, providers, and other relevant institutions to plan and implement regional models; (3) develop a dependable system for estimating future needs based on trends in medical diagnosis, demographic, and psychosocial change; (4) develop flexible collaborative regional nursing education institutions based on an analysis of their capacities; (5) develop and implement innovative models to enhance education and career mobility for nurses and a more responsive work force; (6) establish a formal mechanism to keep the consortium in place over the long term so that monitoring of nursing care needs and the building of a work force with correspondent strengths become ongoing components of the region's health care structure; and (7) evaluate the outcomes and development of materials that document the Kansas City model and findings.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 6/18/1996

Time frame: 7/1/1996 - 11/30/1999

Grant Number: 29456


University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing

Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte
Kansas City, 64108-2639


Nancy M. Mills
Project Director