Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development Initiative

  • Description
  • Funding History
  • Proposals

The Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development Initiative is a partnership between Department of Higher Education (DHE), higher education institutions, nursing professional associations, and employers. The goal of the initiative is to address the need for a greater number of highly educated nurses and other health professionals. The initiative focuses on the training pathways of new health workers as well as the education and professional development of practitioners already in the field.

Since FY 2005, DHE has received state funding to support work in nursing and health services education and to replicate successful practices regionally and statewide. From FY 2005 through FY 2009, funding for this program came through an earmark in the Department of Higher Education's administrative budget. Starting in FY 2010, it became its own line item. Funding to the line item goes into a designated trust fund that can support and sustain projects across multiple fiscal years.

There are several programs funded through the Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development Initiative. These programs address enhancing curriculum, connecting various points on the health education pipeline, and integrating the placement of health professionals across regions and sectors of the health system. The various programs include the Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies for education and practice, implementation of a statewide Centralized Clinical Placement System for students, development of the Nursing Education Transfer Compact, and participation in the national Academic Progression in Nursing program. All of these efforts link best practices across the country with ongoing work to meet the health workforce needs of the Commonwealth.

Updated January 2017