Texas Takes a Community Approach to Increasing Nursing Programs

In 1993 and 1997, Texas Ladders in Nursing Careers (L.I.N.C.) worked to recruit students on a community-by-community basis, rather than an institution-by-institution basis.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Ladders in Nursing Careers Program national program.

Key Results

  • As of August 1997, Texas L.I.N.C. was operating within 12 communities; all 12 had institutionalized the L.I.N.C. model and planned to continue to use it for work force planning and career development within their health care organization.
  • Texas L.I.N.C. had enrolled 170 participants; 82 students had graduated as of August 1997—73 from nursing programs, and nine with degrees in allied health.
  • Working with the town of Eagle Pass and its small medical center, Texas L.I.N.C. helped develop the first fully accredited, hospital-based licensed practical nurse (LPN) program in the southwest part of the state.