Georgia

The Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition has joined forces with 400+ leaders to implement the IOM report recommendations in Georgia. The coalition is committed to developing innovative solutions to enhance the nursing profession and improve the health care delivery system for all Georgians.

Congratulations to Lisa Eichelberger, PhD, RN, and Dean and Professor of the College of Health at Clayton State University.  She has been appointed to a three year term on the Board of Directors of Southern Crescent Hospital in Riverdale, GA. Dr. Eichelberger is a member of the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition's Executive Committee and is a co-lead for the SIP grant.

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Education

Nursing education at the baccalaureate and graduate levels continues to be a challenge in Georgia. More than 3,100 qualified students were turned away from nursing programs in 2011 and the nurse faculty shortage is intensifying this dire situation.
 

Progress

Georgia is experiencing tremendous growth in students earning their bachelors in nursing within its community college system and is proud of the strides it is making within its education system.  To help overcome the challenge, the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition is evaluating strategies to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nursing students while also increasing the number of doctorally-prepared nurses ready to teach future students. This two-pronged approach is essential to ensuring that schools of nursing are able to meet the demand for qualified nursing students seeking a baccalaureate education.  The Georgia Board of Regent’s has also set aside over $2.5 million dollars to assist those working to increase the numbers of nurses with advanced degrees at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels

Leadership

Georgia’s nurses must join together to speak as one voice to provide their unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussion. Faced with Georgia’s significant health care challenges, nurses at all levels must step up, and contribute their valued perspective.

Progress

We understand that communicating the value of nursing leadership and building allies are critical to providing opportunities for nurses to take on leadership roles. To that end, we are laying the groundwork to create a leadership plan beginning with identifying nurse-led successes and nurse leader competencies as well as connecting with schools of nursing leadership programs to groom nurses to innovate and lead at all levels.  At the same time, our fundraising work has provided organic opportunities for our own Action Coalition members to develop partnerships that support our leadership goals.

Practice

Georgia’s population is growing, as is the shortage of primary care providers. Outdated laws and regulations must be modernized so that nurses can provide the care that they are educated and trained to deliver.

Progress

To ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, we are working with our AARP colleagues to strategize about the best approach to the most difficult barriers to nurses in the state. We are also working with our Board of Nursing as part of our effort to remove burdensome barriers and provide high quality health care to patients and families in Georgia.

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, and across all health care settings.

Progress

The starting point for nurses to work on interprofessional teams is in the classroom. Therefore, we will build on our strong academic partnerships, and those with our other stakeholders like physicians and other health providers, to support, spread, and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.

Diversity

Georgia’s population is becoming increasingly diverse, and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics.

Progress

We will work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population, while also looking to other successful programs as models for implementation.

Data

Effective deployment of the health care workforce requires information – data to tell us what kind of health providers we will need and with what skills. Yet major gaps exist in the workforce data we now have.

Progress

The collection of accurate nurse workforce data is a priority that supports all our efforts to transform health care through nursing. While mechanisms are in place to determine nursing supply, we are searching for ways to increase survey response rates completed during nurse licensing and renewal. To determine employer demand for nurses, we are examining various models to capture these data as well as working with our state board of nursing.

 

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Aimee Manion, DNP, RN-BC, CMSRN, PBDS Facilitator/Nurse Educator, Atlanta VA Medical Center

Karen Waters, Senior Vice President, Professional Services and Strategic Planning, Georgia Hospital Association

Lisa Wright Eichelberger, Dean and Professor, Clayton State University

Linda McCauley, Dean and Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

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