July 2008

Grant Results


The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence and the New York Academy of Medicine co-sponsored a day-long invitational symposium in November 2006 addressing the shortage of nurses in New York City and nationwide.

As of 2005, New York City hospitals were unable to fill 6.7 percent of available positions for registered nurses, according to the Greater New York Hospital Association. Nationwide, hospitals reported an average vacancy rate of approximately 8.5 percent, according to the American Hospital Association.

Key Results

  • The meeting, entitled "Who Will Care for Me? Strategies and Initiatives to Address the Nursing Crisis in New York City and Beyond," was held November 3, 2006, in New York. Some 326 participants from the fields of nursing, health care, business, government, policy-making, philanthropy and media attended the meeting.
  • As part of its meeting preparation, the project team completed a background paper entitled "Nurse Retention and Workforce Diversity—Two Key Issues in New York City's Nursing Crisis." (Available online. A copy of the meeting agenda is also available online.)


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a grant of $17,050 to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, on behalf of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, to support this project from November 2006 to August 2007.

Other funders included New York Community Trust, Beatrice Renfield Foundation, New York Academy of Medicine and the John A. Hartford Foundation.


Following the meeting, the Jonas Center formed two workgroups to address nursing workforce issues:

  • The Jonas Center Policy Work Group advises the Jonas Center on policies and strategies to advance local and national issues of significance to professional nursing.
  • The Jonas Center Media and Public Relations Work Group works to identify strategies to raise awareness of nurse workforce issues in the public, business, media and philanthropic arenas.

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Invitational Conference to Address the Nursing Crisis in New York City and Beyond


Visiting Nurse Service of New York (New York,  NY)

  • Amount: $ 17,050
    Dates: November 2006 to August 2007
    ID#:  059111


Marilyn A. DeLuca, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.A.
(212) 609-1585

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Report prepared by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Marian Bass
Program Officer: Susan B. Hassmiller

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