Groups Target Nursing School Bottleneck to Address Medical Workforce Deficit

When qualified nursing school applicants are turned away from programs due to factors such as faculty shortages and limited numbers of clinical placements, a nursing school bottleneck exists. This article describes the efforts of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons), and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to address the bottleneck and nurse shortage.

Key Findings: 

  • The Center to Champion Nursing in America was created in December 2007. The center was funded by RWJF and is run by AARP. Aspects of its work involve bolstering nurse retention and increasing the presence of nurses in boardrooms.
  • RWJF, AARP and the DOL convened a summit of representatives from 18 states. A white paper from the summit highlighted a multifaceted strategy to address the bottleneck. Components of the strategy included strategic partnerships and increasing the number and diversity of nursing school faculty.
  • The Center and DOL will provide technical and advocacy assistance to summit participants.

The Center to Champion Nursing in America is the result of collaboration between leading nonprofit organizations that aimed to address the nursing bottleneck and shortage.