Kansas City Consortium Identifies and Prepares for Region's Nursing Needs

Colleagues in Caring: Regional Collaboratives for Nursing Work Force Development

From 1996 through 2002, a consortium based at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Nursing developed a Web-based nursing career information service for prospective and current nurses.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Colleagues in Caring: Regional Collaboratives for Nursing Work Force Development, initiated in 1994 to address nursing education and workforce issues at the regional level.

Key Results

  • As reported to RWJF, the consortium accomplished the following:

    • Established a Web-based network of information resources that help prospective and active nurses identify educational, scholarship and job opportunities.
    • Increased coordination among area nursing schools.
    • Established an ongoing nursing career promotional campaign.
    • Established a nonprofit organization—Health Resource Partners—to develop Kansas City's health care workforce.