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Georgia nursing leadership coalition--making strides!

Since our article in the last issue of Georgia Nursing, the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition (GNLC), Georgia's State Action Coalition, has been making great strides to advance nursing in our state through initiatives in practice, workforce data, education and leadership. We have also established a Diversity Committee to help us oversee our initiatives and make sure we are doing all we can to promote diversity in nursing and help develop strategies to recruit a more diverse population to nursing.

Workforce

In order to gain some understanding of nursing workforce demand in Georgia and how it compares regionally, and even nationally, the GNLC is contracting with a company called Burning Glass. This company has technologies that will help us understand who is hiring nurses (and for what positions), what qualifications they are looking for and where (which geographical areas and practice areas). We are excited to see what kind of information we can glean from this collaboration with Burning Glass. On the supply side, we are hoping for the data from our licensure surveys to become available soon.

Education

We completed both a survey of doctoral students and recent graduates, as well as a survey of enrollment information in the doctoral programs in Georgia. There are currently nine brick-and-mortar schools in Georgia that award one (or two) of four kinds of doctoral degrees in nursing; DNP, DNS, PhD and EdD. We are hoping to gain a better understanding of barriers to obtaining a doctoral degree and working as a doctorally prepared nurse in Georgia. We will share this information with the doctoral education programs and help them develop strategies to recruit more nurses. We will also post our results to our web site for anyone to access!

We are proud to announce our first recipients of the GNLC Health Policy Scholarships. We awarded three students $1,300 each to attend health policy conferences in Washington, DC. Dawn Langley-Brady, a PhD student at Georgia Regents University, attended AANC's Student Policy Summit. Christine Robbins, a DNP student at Georgia Southern University, and Robert Sarfo, a PhD student at Georgia Regents University, attended AANP's Health Policy Conference. We look forward to hearing from them at our Doctoral Symposium. We will offer this scholarship again for the 2015 health policy conferences, so doctoral students, watch for announcements to apply for this award later this year!

Doctoral students and faculty, mark your calendars for the GNLC Doctoral Symposium on November 1st at the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing! We will have some great speakers focusing on mentorship, as well as breakouts that will provide some extra training on skills like grant writing and publishing. There will also be an opportunity for students to give podium presentations and show their posters. Please check our new web site periodically as the program develops: www. georgianursingleadershipcoalition.com. If you are a doctoral student and want to present, please go to our web site for information about what to submit.

Leadership and Practice

The committees on Leadership and Residency Programs are gearing up to identify their priorities. If you are interested in either of these topics, want to network with state nurse leaders, and have great ideas about what we can do in Georgia, please send an email to ganursingcoalition@gmail.com or contact us through our web site!

by Rebecca M. Wheeler, RN, MA, PhD
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Title Annotation:Workforce Advocacy
Author:Wheeler, Rebecca M.
Publication:Georgia Nursing
Date:Aug 1, 2014
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