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Mississippi Critical Nursing Faculty Shortage Initiative Project Overview


The purpose of the Mississippi Critical Nursing Faculty Shortage Initiative was to address one of the root problems that contribute to the nursing shortage, the nursing faculty shortage.  The Initiative developed a multi-dimensional approach to increase and retain nursing faculty that more accurately reflect the ethnicity and gender of our population by the implementing the following objectives:

  1. Developed an innovative, accelerated educational path to a nursing faculty career.
  2. Developed an evidence-based image and recruitment campaign to showcase nursing education as a desirable career.
  3. Developed multiple adjunct faculty roles with formal relationships between education and service.
  4. Improved education and clinical workplace cultures.


In 2006, the Mississippi Hospital Association Health, Research, and Educational Foundation (MHA-F), in a partnership with the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce (ONW), and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) was selected as one of the ten foundations nation-wide to participate in Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future (PIN), a national initiative to develop and test solutions to address America’s nursing shortage.  Led by the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJF) and the Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF), the PIN program encouraged local foundations to act as catalysts in developing grassroots strategies to establish a stable, adequate nursing workforce.


To help develop solutions and lead efforts within the region, MHA-F via ONW was awarded a two-year grant of $375,000, including funds from the RWJF, NWHF and matching funds provided by MDES.  Selected organizations for the program explored an array of initiatives that meet their communities’ needs, including recruiting and retaining nursing faculty, developing new roles for nurses in the care setting, and empowering nurses to better assume leadership roles.


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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country.  As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change.  For more than 30 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves.  When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.  See www.rwjf.org


Northwest Health Foundation was founded in 1997 from net proceeds of the sale of PACC Health Plans and PACC HMO and has awarded more than $25 million to organizations serving the health needs of the region.  It is an independent, charitable foundation committed to advancing, supporting, and promoting the health of Oregon and southwest Washington.  See www.nwhf.org.  <insert link>


To hear about the Mississippi Critical Nursing Faculty Shortage Initiative, watch this video (produced in 2008) http://www.iteachnursingms.org/about-us/

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