Task Force on Nursing Workforce

The NCIOM Task Force on the Nursing Workforce examined the need for nurses, their requisite skills and qualifications, the capacity of the state’s educational institutions to produce adequate numbers of qualified nurses, barriers to career advancement, and the workplace environments within which nursing is practiced. On the basis of these deliberations, the Task Force concluded that, without some intervention, North Carolina is likely to experience a severe shortage of nursing personnel (in addition to the current shortage of nursing assistants— especially in long-term care) in the coming decade due to the combination of an aging population and an aging nursing workforce. The Task Force’s work focused on four primary areas: 1) nursing faculty recruitment and retention; 2) the capacity, quality, and accessibility of nursing education programs, 3) transitions from school-to-work, and 4) the work environments within which North Carolina nurses practice.
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Cynthia M. Freund, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor and Dean Emerita
School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joseph D. Crocker
Senior Vice President
In January 2003, The Duke Endowment granted support to the NC Institute of Medicine to convene the Task Force on the NC Nursing Workforce. The Institute is partnering with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers, the North Carolina Center for Nursing, the North Carolina Hospital Association, and the North Carolina Nurses Association in this effort.

Led by by Cynthia M. Freund, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and Joseph D. Crocker, Senior Vice President/Manager of Community Affairs of Carolinas Banking, this year-long Task Force addressed the issues surrounding the nursing workforce situation in North Carolina. The task force carefully analyzed future demand for nursing professionals and paraprofessional personnel in all segments of the NC healthcare industry.