Educating the Idaho Nursing Workforce of the Future

State Implementation Program
Educating the Idaho
Nursing Workforce of the
Phases 1 and 3
Project Plans:
Areas of Focus:
This project builds on the work products of the first State
Implementation Program grant to evaluate outcomes of five nurses
completing the Iowa transition to practice nurse residency model. The
project will determine if the model is cost-effective and sustainable, and
valuable for Critical Access Hospitals.
• Residency
• Education
• Diversity
Margaret Henbest
Project Director
Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing
[email protected]
Sandra Evans
Project Co-Director
Idaho Board of Nursing
[email protected]
The project will create a state-wide strategic plan to implement a
competency-based model of academic progression. This includes a
web-based repository of resources to promote academic progression in
nursing. The project will pilot the program with at least one community
college – university partnership for seamless academic progression,
with subsequent dissemination of the tested model. The planned
outcome is a 5% increase in the percent of ASN/AD nurse graduates in
the pilot cohort who immediately enroll in a BSN program.
To increase opportunities for diverse nurses, the project will develop a
Diversity Action Plan, to be incorporated into the statewide strategic
plan for nursing. Best practices to increase diversity of nursing
graduates will be developed and disseminated through a statewide
educator conference, and at least one nursing program will implement
additional strategies to increase diversity. The project will also facilitate
the formation of a nurse association chapter representing one or more
traditionally underrepresented groups.