200492 Building public health nursing capacity through partnerships with philanthropy

Monday, November 9, 2009: 1:30 PM

Paula Lucey, MS RN , College of Nursing, Wisconsin Center for Nursing, Greenfield, WI
Sherril B. Gelmon, DrPH , Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Jennifer Fuller, MPH , Partners Investing in Nursing's Future, Northwest Health Foundation, Portland, OR
Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN) is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative implemented in collaboration with the Northwest Health Foundation. The goal of PIN is to build local partnerships between nursing organizations, philanthropy and community partners in order to accelerate the investment of local resources in addressing the nursing shortage. To date, 31 PIN sites have been funded in 25 states and the Marshall Islands. Raising the Bar is a Wisconsin-based PIN project that is a partnership of community/public health agencies, nursing education and local philanthropic organizations working together to strengthen the public health nursing workforce. Raising the Bar has developed partnerships across multiple sectors to focus on three initiatives: to improve coordination between education and local employing agencies; to increase the number and diversity of nurses; and to increase retention of staff. The impetus for this project comes from the recognition that public health has an essential mission of improving the health of the public, decreasing health disparities and providing the ultimate safety net. These functions are not possible without a competent and diverse workforce. Recent workforce analysis has revealed that 47% of all public heath staff in Wisconsin will be eligible to retire before 2013. Action from a multi-sectored collaborative is necessary to address this threat to public health. Lessons learned from the multi-sector partnerships established in multiple PIN sites, and based on principles of partnership such as shared vision, clear communication

Learning Objectives:
Define at least two principles of partnership among community/public health agencies, nursing education and local philanthropic organizations. Describe the development of a partnership between community/public health nursing, nursing education and local foundations to foster workforce development. Describe an example of such a partnership working to facilitate community health improvement and avert workforce shortages in the future. Discuss at least two lessons learned across multiple partnerships and articulate applications for other public health nursing leaders for work with local foundations.

Keywords: Partnerships, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Project Director for the work to be presented
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.