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.



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.


The first annual Doctoral Symposium was held at Mercer University on November 1st, 2014 sponsored by the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition.  There were 124 attendees including 32 faculty, 46 PhD/DNS/EdD students,19 DNP students  and several MSN students interested in pursuing doctoral education.  The program included a total of 15 speakers and prizes were awarded for poster presentations  Top prizes went to:

1st place: Nancy McCabe - Emory University, 2nd Place: Angela Jenkins - Georgia College and State University and 3rd Place: Jenna Shakleford - Georgia State University.  The University of West Georgia would like to host next years conference.

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


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.


Dr. Jennell Charles, Clayton State University and Janis Dubow, Northside Hospital have taken on the challenge of leading the Leadership Committee for the state of Georgia.  They are been hard at work developing a survey about board involvement and interest in service which is coming your way!!  Please make sure you fill it out and return it as soon as possible.  Every survey is important!!

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.


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.


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.


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.


Dr. Linda McCauley, Dean of the School of Nursing at Emory University and Dr. Lisa Eichelberger, Dean of the College of Health at Clayton State University will address the National Association of Nigerian Nurses who will be holding their annual confernce in Atlanta GA November 7th-9th,2014.  Drs. McCaulry and Eichelberger will be speaking on the topic of the IOM's Future of Nursing Campaign and what Georgia is doing to advance the IOM recommendations.

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.


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 Survey Update:  Meetings have been ongoing between the Sect. of State's office, Dr. Lisa Eichelberger from the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition, Ben Robinson from the Georgia Board of Regents, representatives from the Georgia Board of Nursing, representatives from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and Systems Automation SA, the software firm who provides the software that collects the nursing licensure data at the time of llicencse renewal.  Thus far, we have still not been able to produce the data from the 2013 and 2014 surveys due to problems with the extraction of data.  We have been meeting every two weeks via telephone to try and work out the details of how we can extract this very vital data.  Last week, SA was able to confirm for us that the 2013 data was no lost as was feared and this was very good news.  SA confirmed that they were having to write new code to give it new identification numbers however due to a server crash that occurred and this would take another two weeks.  We are waiting on that code to be wrtten and run before we can see if the data can be run and successfully matched.   If that occurs we should have the 2013 licensure data by the middle of November.

2o15 is progressing fairly well.  Please make sure you fill out the survey when you renew your RN license.  Thank you and I will keep you posted.  Lisa Eichelberger

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.


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.



Lisa Wright Eichelberger, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Clayton State University

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

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

Karen Waters/Pat Horton, Senior Vice President, Professional Sservices and Strategic Planning, Georgia Hospital Association

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