Pathway to the Future: How Workforce Development and Quality Jobs Can Promote Quality Care Conference Package. Oregon Governor’s Healthcare Workforce Initiative

05/01/2004

Grant amount: $300,000

Leveraged amount: $200,000 in cash and $250,000 in-kind from the State's Employer Workforce Training Fund

Grantee: Governor's Healthcare Workforce Initiative, Salem, Oregon

Key partners: In Portland: Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE); Oregon Center for Nursing; Northwest Health Foundation. In Tualatin: Oregon Health Career Center; Community College Healthcare Action Plan.

Grant activities will take place statewide.

Challenge
Overcoming nursing shortages requires that the education system devise ways to supply clinical facilities and faculty. Otherwise, the education system will be unable to fill the pipeline with qualified nurses.

Addressing the Challenge
With its $300,000 grant, the Oregon Governor's Healthcare Workforce Initiative will purchase seven SimMan,® real-time interactive human patient simulators made by Laerdal Medical Corporation. The simulation technology will be integrated into health care curricula for use by well-prepared and networked faculty, available over the state's broadband Internet network, and affordable for all education and service groups in the state.

Projected Outcomes
The Governor's Healthcare Workforce Initiative will report on the use of simulators to ensure that they: (a) Increase the capacity of educational programs; (b) Increase access to simulation-based education; (c) Increase simulation technology expertise statewide; and (d) Prove satisfactory as a quality educational tool.

Sustainable Impact
Firm commitments from community colleges, universities, high schools and health care organizations will help to ensure this project's long-term sustainability. This project's major stake-holding partners have each demonstrated their continuing efforts to meet the demand for a qualified health care workforce.

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