Technical Review for the Feasibility study for a Rhode Island Nursing Education Center
To fulfill the role of providing evidence based research as the basis of sound policy decisions in nursing and healthcare, RICNE provided technical assistance to the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education by reviewing current nursing workforce data and trends. The goal of the review was to facilitate a better understanding of the nuances of nursing workforce data and ensure key decisions affecting the field of nursing in the state are evidence based. To this end, RICNE undertook a review of existing data sources and identified certain general trends in the supply and demand of nurses in the state. The report to RIBGHE identifies numerous workforce data sources and sheds some light on the malleable nature of supply and demand of nurses in the state.
Technical Report – An assessment of the Educational Capacity in the State of Rhode Island
As part of the recommendations from the Senate Commission on the Nursing Shortage, an in-depth report to forecast trends in nursing educational capacity in the state of Rhode Island was carried out by: Lynne M. Dunphy, PhD, Routhier Chair, University of RI, Jane Williams, PhD, Dean, Rhode Island College School of Nursing, Matthew Bodah, PhD, Associate Professor, Schmidt Labor Research Center, University of RI, and Jean Marie Rocha, MPH, RN, V/P, Clinical Affairs, Hospital Association of Rhode Island, with assistance from Vanessa Armstrong and Adeyemi Ogunade.
The technical report, completed in December 2009, was supported by RICNE as well as funds from the Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (SAHEC). This report provides a detailed and comprehensive overview of nursing educational capacity within the state and takes into account ages of faculty, potential retirements, etc. and thus provides a blueprint for the future of nursing education and its impact on the supply of Registered Nurses for the state.