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Planning and Creating a New Bi-State Nursing Workforce Center Through Unique Partnerships

Lacey, Susan R. PhD, RN, FAAN; McEniry, Mary MSW; Cox, Karen S. RN, PhD, FAAN; Olney, Adrienne BS, MS

Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2009 - Volume 39 - Issue 9 - p 399-404
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181b3b66b

Multiple strategies are needed to address the complex issues related to the nursing shortage. It is not enough to focus on increasing the number of students in the pipeline unless this is met with complimentary work to improve the professional practice environments of nursing staff. In addition, nurse-driven improvement projects that address specific patient and organizational outcomes will elevate the role of nurses from trusted professional to quality agents. The authors describe a partnership that has launched a new type of workforce center with core missions to create work environment improvements and point-of-care change led by staff nurses.

Authors' Affiliations: Director (Dr Lacey), Bi-State Nursing Workforce Innovation Center; Program Officer (Ms McEniry), Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Missouri; Associate Director (Dr Cox), Bi-State Nursing Workforce Innovation Center and the Executive Vice President, Co-Chief Operating Officer, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri; Executive Assistant (Ms Olney), Bi-State Nursing Workforce Innovation Center, Kansas City, Missouri.

Corresponding author: Dr Lacey, Bi-State Nursing Workforce Innovation Center, UMKC School of Nursing, 2464 Charlotte St, Room 3413, Kansas City, MO 64108 (

Support was received from Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, REACH, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Nursing, and the Robert Wood Johnson and Northwest Foundations.

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