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