Invitational conference to address the nursing crisis in New York City and beyond

To amplify the urgency of the nursing crisis in New York City and the nation, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence and the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) convened 500 participants representing nursing, health, business, philanthropy, government, and the media for a one-day invitational symposium titled, Who Will Care for Me?, on November 3, 2006, at NYAM. The purpose of this project was a symposium intended to inform participants, engage interest in nursing, and encourage local and national partnerships and funding interests in nursing workforce initiatives. Invited speakers included Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Dr. Thomas Freiden, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The symposium addressed: (1) evidence and factors related to the nursing shortage; (2) current responses; and (3) recommendations to address the shortage. Information presented was pertinent to both New York City and the nation at large. This conference supported the Foundation's strategy of reducing the nursing shortage in this region (and nationally through product dissemination) and aligns with a major goal of the Foundation's Nursing Team which is to engage partners in addressing and funding nursing issues. Anticipated products to be disseminated nationwide include papers for inclusion in a special supplement issue of the "American Journal of Nursing" and an action plan and policy monograph. This project will be considered successful if: (1) visibility about the nursing shortage is raised among influential business, government, and philanthropic communities; (2) partnerships and action steps are formulated to alleviate the crisis; and (3) an action plan and policy monograph are distributed nationwide.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $17,050.00

Awarded on: 10/3/2006

Time frame: 11/1/2006 - 8/31/2007

Grant Number: 59111


Visiting Nurse Service of New York

1250 Broadway, 20th Floor
New York, 10001-3701


Marilyn A. DeLuca
Project Director