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Wyo organization gets nursing workforce grant

Wyo organization gets nursing workforce grant

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wyo organization gets nursing workforce grant
By Wyoming Business Report Staff

LARAMIE - The Wyoming Community Foundation announced that it was chosen to receive funding from Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN), selected as one in 11. The multi-year, multi-million-dollar national program prepares America's nursing workforce with the skills needed to serve an older and more diverse population.

In Wyoming, the $225,000 PIN grant provides funding for the next three years and will be matched by $225,000 in local and regional funding.

"Nurses are the cornerstone of our health care system," said Mary Burman, dean of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing at the University of Wyoming Center for Nursing and project director for the PIN grant.

"We need to ensure that the 21st century nursing workforce is equipped with the right skills to serve a changing population," Burman added.

The Wyoming Center for Nursing and Health Care Partnerships forged local partnerships with more than 30 business, hospital and public health groups to create solutions for tackling nursing workforce issues specific to community needs.

The project focuses on enhancing the quality of nursing and health care in Wyoming by development of a competency-based statewide curriculum where students can earn an associate degree or continue seamlessly to the BSN degree or higher.

The goals are closely aligned with the recommendations of the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." That study seeks to prepare the nursing workforce to meet the needs of America's health care system and the patients it serves, and ensure an adequate supply of nurses for a growing, aging population.

Matt Sholty, from the Wyoming Center for Nursing and Health Care Partnerships, explains that the IOM report makes several recommendations that are specifically addressed by this project.

"In this project, our overall goal is to increase the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees and to help nurses assume leadership roles in the redesign of health care in the U.S.," Sholty said.

Led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation, PIN invests in local partnerships that create innovative model projects that can be tested and, if successful, shared nationally.

For more information about Partners Investing in Nursing's Future, visit www.partnersinnursing.org. For more information about the project in Wyoming, contact the Wyoming Center for Nursing and Health Care Partnerships at 307-766-6715 or msholty@uwyo.edu.

On the web: ww.wynursing.org

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