North Dakota team advises national summit on solutions for nursing faculty shortages

A team of nursing experts from North Dakota shared their expertise at the first Nursing Education Capacity Summit in Washington, D.C. in June. Sponsored by the AARP, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Labor, the summit was created to identify solutions to the nurse faculty shortage that is forcing nursing schools to turn away thousands of qualified nursing candidates each year. Summit participants developed approaches to improving nursing education capacity, with the ultimate goal of reversing the persistent nursing shortage that could leave the United States without enough nurses.

North Dakota’s delegation included Jacqueline Mangnall, Jamestown College; Chandice Covington and Julie Anderson, UND College of Nursing; Evelyn Orth, United Tribes Technical College; Jan Kamphuis, Medcenter One; Larry Anderson, N.D. Department of Commerce; Jane Roggensack, MeritCare; Patricia Moulton, Center for Rural Health; Constance Kalanek, North Dakota Board of Nursing; and Linda Wurtz, AARP.

North Dakota was uniquely positioned to contribute to the summit because of their commitment to team work, demonstrated best practices related to increasing the nursing workforce, and excellent capacity to build even more effective partnerships for solutions in the future.

“This team comprises a well-connected, representative body of nurses, workforce development representatives, and consumer advocates who are fully committed to implementing initiatives geared toward assuring that nursing education in North Dakota will be able to meet the growing demand for nurses now and in the future,” said Jacqueline Mangnall, leader of the state’s team.

The summit comes at a critical time for nursing. Latest surveys project that the United States could fall short by close to half a million registered nurses by 2025 without aggressive action. Currently, the supply of new nurses is failing to keep pace with rising patient demand, in part because a significant number of interested and qualified nursing school applicants have been turned away in recent years due to a growing shortage of nursing faculty.

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-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871