ArticlesINVESTING IN HUMAN CAPITAL: An Academic-Service Partnership to Address the NURSING SHORTAGECLARK, REBECCA CULVER; ALLISON-JONES, LISAAuthor Information About the AuthorsRebecca Culver Clark, PhD, RN, is senior director, nursing research, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Virginia. Lisa Allison-Jones, PhD, RN, is dean, academic affairs, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke. For more information, contact Dr. Clark email@example.com. Nursing Education Perspectives: January-February 2011 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 18-21 Buy Abstract ABSTRACT The well-documented shortage of nurses and the impact of educational preparation of nurses on patient care outcomes provide a compelling argument for the need to increase the number of registered nurses and to advance their educational preparation. This article describes the application of human capital theory in a creative venture between a health system and a school of nursing that has demonstrated success in addressing these issues. A tuition advancement program was developed to support interested personnel in attaining the associate degree in nursing and to support current RNs in attaining the baccalaureate degree. The venture included support for graduate preparation of nurses interested in becoming faculty. Copyright 2011 by National League for Nursing, Inc.