What we do...and why

Nursing excellence: essential to our health

Across the country and around the world, nurses constitute the largest sector of healthcare providers. They are essential to providing care cost-effectively and efficiently, which in turn is vital to the health, safety and well being of the population. As medicine advances and their role expands, nurses will need more educational preparation than ever before. The 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing, identified improvement in nursing education as one of four key actions needed to respond to the rapid changes in our healthcare system:

Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.

To ensure the delivery of safe, patient-centered care across settings, the nursing education system must be improved. Patient needs have become more complicated, and nurses need to attain requisite competencies to deliver high-quality care…Nurses also are being called upon to fill expanding roles and to master technological tools and information management systems while collaborating and coordinating care across teams of health professionals.

Nurses must achieve higher levels of education and training to respond to these increasing demands.

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Our mission at the Jonas Center is to ensure that the ranks of nurse educators are adequately prepared to meet this need.

A rising shortage of nursing faculty constrains the educational preparation of the next generation. Lack of nursing faculty is the over-arching reason that, in 2005, 147,500 qualified applicants were denied admission to schools of nursing in the U.S (NLN, 2005) and, in 2006, approximately 43,000 qualified applicants were denied admission to baccalaureate and masters level nursing programs (AACN, 2006).

In addition, changing demographics require the development of a nursing workforce that reflects a diverse society and provides culturally appropriate care, responding to the realities of health disparities.

The nurse educator shortage varies by locale, but looms everywhere. At the Jonas Center, we are working hard to address the underlying factors today, before it’s too late.

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