Mississippi Consortium Identifies and Prepares for State's Nursing Needs

Colleagues in Caring: Regional Collaboratives for Nursing Work Force Development

The Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce, a tax-exempt charitable organization under the auspices of the state Board of Nursing, created a model that forecasts annual vacancy rates for nurses in different care settings across the state.

From 1996 to 2002, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the work through Colleagues in Caring: Regional Collaboratives for Nursing Work Force Development—a national program RWJF initiated in 1994 to address nursing education and workforce issues at the regional level.

Key Results

  • The Office of Nursing Workforce accomplished the following results as reported to RWJF:

    • Developed a statewide nursing manpower forecasting model and instituted an annual data collection, analysis and reporting process.
    • Developed the Mississippi Competency Model, which defines different nursing roles and the core competencies within each role.