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Medical News & Perspectives
August 27, 2008

Groups Target Nursing School Bottleneck to Address Medical Workforce Deficit

JAMA. 2008;300(8):887-888. doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.887

An alliance of 2 of the most influential nonprofit organizations in the United States, working in collaboration with federal and state agencies, aims to eliminate a bottleneck that has prevented nursing schools from increasing enrollment to fill the growing demand for nurses.

In late June, the AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the US Department of Labor (DOL) convened a summit in Washington, DC, on nursing education capacity, bringing together representatives from 18 states to share best practices and develop plans to increase the number of nursing program graduates. The 3 organizations simultaneously released a white paper highlighting successful local strategies for achieving this goal (http://www.championnursing.org/uploads/NursingEducationCapacityWhitePaper20080618.pdf).