Creating a Culture of Health in Kansas

State Implementation Program
Phases 1 and 3
Areas of Focus:
• Leadership
• Education
• Diversity
Mary Carol G. Pomatto
Project Director
Pittsburg State University
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Cynthia S. Teel
Project Director
University of Kansas Medical Center
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Creating a Culture of
Health in Kansas:
Advancing Nursing
Education and Leadership
Project Plans:
This project builds on the first round of the State Implementation
Program funding by continuing the web-based resources for
academic progression, publishing a paper on collaborative process,
and disseminating information about the resources widely throughout
the Kansas nursing workforce. Ultimately the applicant projects to
increase the proportion of BSN prepared nurses from 60% to 62%.
The project plans to offer a 1-year existing leadership training
program (termed a “leadership residency”) to 32 nurses from various
fields including long-term care, public health, and school nurses. To
foster mentor-mentee relationship in the state, the applicant will
develop an online repository for leadership development resources,
and develop a leadership “” style website with
mentors/mentees. The applicant projects to increase the percentage
of RN board membership relative to the current baseline.
To increase the diversity of the Kansas nursing workforce, the
applicant will host a diversity summit in collaboration with regional
chapters of national nursing organizations. The applicant will
increase public awareness (including adolescents) of nursing’s role,
in an effort to foster interest of diverse students.