The University of Minnesota and Minnesota State announced a new partnership aimed at attracting and recruiting more nursing students to hopefully then place more nurses in the workforce in the face of staggering losses in the industry.
“In my career, this is the most dire, multi-faceted nursing shortage that I’ve ever experienced,” said University of Minnesota School of Nursing Dean Connie White Delaney. She said the industry knew a baby boomer-fueled retirement wave was on its way.
“The shortage was there, it was growing,” Delaney said. “We were monitoring it. We were putting some strategies in place.”
This new partnership will allow the schools to share faculty, resources, facilities, and dialogue to recruit students as young as junior high to think about going to nursing school and it will also reach out to health systems who may hire the students once they graduate.
“We’re educating the students to foster an even smoother and more fully-prepared workforce,” said Delaney.
“The need for additional nurses in Minnesota’s workforce is undeniable—in all regions of the state and at every level of the nursing career pathway,” said Valerie DeFor, executive director of the Minnesota State HealthForce Center of Excellence in a joint press release. “Our collaboration with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing to create a platform for all nursing schools in the state to work together and focus resources on this critical need.”
Delaney expressed an even more urgent desire to make changes to how all schools and employers address the shortfall of workers.
“There’s this general tendency to kind of do the same things we’ve done before,” she said. “That is not what this collaboration’s about.”