Expanding America's Capacity to Educate Nurses

Issue 13 of the Charting Nursing's Future series shows how diverse, state-level partnerships are creating promising models and results.

Even as the nation faces what is predicted to be a shortage of more than 260,000 registered nurses by 2025, efforts by nursing schools to expand capacity to meet this increased demand are hampered by a lack of faculty and other problems. The result is that tens of thousands of qualified applications to nursing programs are rejected each year.

The May 2010 issue of Charting Nursing’s Future highlights efforts by state-level partnerships to increase the capacity of nursing schools, drawing on two national Nursing Education Capacity Summits sponsored in 2008 and 2009 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with the Center to Champion Nursing in America, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Using a broad range of tailored approaches, these state-level partnerships are creating more effective advocacy for policy and regulatory change; redesigning educational programs in their states by deploying revised curricula, new technology and updated clinical education models; and increasing faculty capacity and diversity.

The issue highlights efforts in 12 states: Michigan, Texas and Virginia in policy advocacy and diversifying partnerships; and California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota and Oregon, in redesigning education and increasing faculty capacity and diversity. The issue also includes a special supplement highlighting the Center to Champion Nursing in America’s experience providing technical assistance to 30 multi-stakeholder teams around the nation working to increase nursing education capacity.