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Arizona's Response to the Nursing Shortage

Slide Presentation by Susan Gerard, M.B.A.


On April 23, 2003, Susan Gerard, M.B.A., made a presentation in the Web-Assisted Audioconference entitled The Nursing Crisis: Improving Job Satisfaction and Quality of Care.

This is the text version of Ms. Gerard's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® slides (194 KB).


Arizona's Response to the Nursing Shortage

Susan Gerard, M.B.A.
Health Policy Advisor
Office of the Governor
State of Arizona

Slide 1

Arizona's Response to the Nursing Shortage

Susan Gerard, M.B.A.
Health Policy Advisor
Office of the Governor
State of Arizona

Slide contains a picture of Susan Gerard.

Slide 2

What Has Arizona Done?

  • Research and develop a database.
  • Governor's Taskforce on Nursing Shortage.
  • Legislation.
  • RWJF Campaign for Caring.

Slide 3

"Research showed that we need to..."

  • Attract more people to the profession.
  • Expand the pipeline.
  • Improve the workplace environment.
  • Retain more nurses in the profession providing direct patient care.

Slide 4

Governor's Task Force

Part I: Analyze the Problem

  • Brought stakeholders together.
  • Conducted research and analyses.

Part II: Develop Solutions

  • Improve work place.
  • Improve education/curriculum.
  • Improve quality.

Slide 5

Legislation (SB1260/2002)
Caregiver and Resource Expansion Program

  • Increase capacity at State universities and community colleges.
  • Increase the number of students graduating from our programs by 200 each year starting in 2003-2004.
  • Commitment from AZ hospitals to provide:
    • Funding for clinical rotations.
    • Adjunct faculty for nursing education.

Slide 6

Expanding Nursing Programs

  • Accelerated program for BSN.
    • 14 month program for people with Bachelors to get their BSN.
  • LPN to RN program.
  • Funding of more slots in nursing programs.
  • Evening and weekend classes.

Slide 7

RWJF Campaign for Caring: Arizona Hospital and Health Care Association

  • Increase awareness and attraction of nursing profession.
  • Raise money for scholarships.
  • Workplace innovations.

Slide 8

Lessons Learned: Keys to Success

  • Don't reinvent the wheel: Learn from other states and from research.
  • Collect state-specific data.
  • Identify leadership: business, academic, political.
  • Bring all stakeholders together.
  • Educate: business, academic, political.
  • Advocate.

Current as of July 2003


Internet Citation

Arizona's Response to the Nursing Shortage. Text Version of a Slide Presentation at a Web-assisted Audioconference. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/ulp/workforctel/sess1/gerardtxt.htm


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