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Addressing the Nursing Shortage . Illinois Board of Higher Education June 3, 2008 Board Meeting St. John’s, Springfield. Nursing. Secondary & Vocational Education. Computer Engineering. Special Education. Computer Systems. Medical Lab Technology. Industrial Engineering.

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addressing the nursing shortage

Addressing the Nursing Shortage

Illinois Board of Higher Education

June 3, 2008 Board Meeting

St. John’s, Springfield

demand vs supply


Secondary & Vocational Education

Computer Engineering

Special Education

Computer Systems

Medical Lab Technology

Industrial Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Civil Engineering Technology

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Medical Radiology Technicians

Industrial Engineering Technology

Electrical Engineering Technology

Accounting & Financial Management

Elementary Education

Education Administration

Demand vs. Supply


More Demand than Supply

More Supply than Demand

Source: Demand vs. Supply in Selected Occupations - Gap Between Projected Annual Openings 2004-14 and Annual Degrees Produced 2005-06, NCHEMS, March 2008.

ibhe program approval
IBHE Program Approval
  • IBHE staff expedite the approval process for nursing degree program applications while maintaining standards
  • 19 Newly Approved Programs
    • Six at Public Universities
    • Two at Community Colleges
    • Seven at Private Not-for-Profit Institutions
    • Four at Proprietary Institutions
board of higher education nursing grants
Board of Higher Education: Nursing Grants
  • Health Services Education Grant Act (HSEGA)
    • $5.4 million for nursing ($17.0 million program)
    • Only private, not-for-profit institutions
    • First allocations in 1971
  • Nurse Educator Fellowships
    • $150,000 (15 awards of $10,000)
    • First fellows in 2007
  • Competitive Nursing School Grants
    • $1.5 to $1.0 million
    • First grants in 2007
    • Expansion and Improvement
nursing school grants expansion
Nursing School Grants: Expansion
  • Three Initial Awards of $450,680 ($1.35 M ) for FY2007
    • CCC-Harry S Truman College (add 90)
    • Loyola University of Chicago (add 62)
    • Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb (add 85)
  • Return on Investment
    • $ 1.35 million in state funds
    • Plus an estimated $ 2.10 million in institutional contributions
    • Total of $ 3.45 million for 237 additional students (or $ 14,557 per student)
  • Three Renewal Awards of $300,000 ($900,000) for FY 2008
    • Second year of awards
    • Lower award because of budget cuts
IBHE Nursing School Expansion Grant2007-2008 & Renewal 2008-2009: Opportunities for Nursing In Illinois

P. Ann Solari-Twadell RN, PhD, MPA, FAAN

Assistant Professor

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program

purpose of the loyola university ibhe absn grant
Purpose of the Loyola University IBHE ABSN Grant

Mission of Collective Excellence:

  • Maintaining standards of excellence in the Loyola ABSN nursing program
  • Enhancing access to care and improved health outcomes in people in Illinois through increased rates of graduation of registered nurses
how did the grant funding serve students
How did the Grant Funding Serve Students?
  • ABSN Program Director
  • ABSN Support Staff
  • Creation of an ABSN Advisory Committee
  • Simulation equipment
  • Faculty salaries for clinical teaching, medical-surgical, obstetric, and mental health courses
  • Clinical Placement Coordinator
ibhe grant outcomes
IBHE Grant Outcomes
  • Increase in Numbers of ABSN Graduates
evaluation data focus groups
Evaluation Data-Focus Groups


  • “The majority of instructors are well prepared and are giving us what we need to know to become a nurse.”
  • “Exceptional clinical instructors. Even if the clinical placement was frustrating, our clinical instructor tried to make the most of the experience.”
  • “Clinical instructors shape experiences for individual learning needs. We got the right blend of guidance. Our teacher assumes students are competent to learn.”


  • Clinical Placements
  • Faculty
  • Administration
  • Communication
  • Socialization
  • Classroom space
value of ibhe grant funding
Value of IBHE Grant Funding
  • Encouraged creative thinking regarding provision of nursing education.
  • Provided increased opportunities for utilization of nursing simulation in curriculum.
  • Increased student participation in decisions.
  • Facilitated acceptance of larger numbers of nursing students.
  • Stimulated further exploration of different ways to increase overall student enrollment through different admission options and re-patterning of curriculum.
contributing solutions to the nursing shortage in il

Contributing Solutions to the Nursing Shortage in IL

Jeri Lynn Else

Manager, Strategic Healthcare Partnerships

partnerships articulations
Partnerships & Articulations

Current BSN Completion Agreements

Future ADN - MSN Agreements

wia nursing program of study demonstration project
WIA Nursing Program of Study Demonstration Project
  • Pathway Development Teams (Leads)
    • College of DuPage
    • John A. Logan College
  • Phase 1: Develop Cluster-Level Knowledge and Skills
  • Phase 2: Develop Pathway-Level Knowledge and Skills(Statewide Nursing Model)
  • Model Pathway and Nursing Program of Study Developed
  • Local implementation
  • Assessment
community college consortium for healthcare ccc4hc

Moraine Valley

Morton College

Oakton Community College

Prairie State College

South Suburban

Triton College

Waubonsee CC

City Colleges of Chicago (7)

College of DuPage

College of Lake County

Elgin Community College

Harper College

Joliet Junior College

Kankakee CC

Community College Consortium for Healthcare - CCC4HC
economic development subcabinet regional nursing workforce initiative
Economic Development Subcabinet:Regional Nursing Workforce Initiative


  • Reduce nursing shortages in Illinois through a regional public-private approach that aligns state and regional resources to address major causes of shortages at each state of the nursing workforce development “pipeline.”
  • Demonstrate the regional approach in the Southern and Northeast Regions and expand to other regions.
  • Apply similar regional sector-based approach to other healthcare occupations
project management and coordination
Project Management and Coordination

State Level

Regional Level

  • Connect SI (Southern Region)
  • Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (Northeast Region

Illinois Center for Nursing

  • Dept of Financial & Professional Regulation
  • Dept of Commerce & Economic Development
  • Dept of Economic Security
  • State Board of Education
  • Community College Board
  • Board of Higher Education
  • Student Assistance Commission
  • Housing Development Authority
  • Dept of Public Health
labor market supply demand analysis
Labor Market Supply-Demand Analysis



Account for all sources of education and training

Create 10-year data base

Calculate average annual supply

Use administrative files to adjust

Adjustments for leakage

Consider local/regional input to yield “effective supply”

  • Determine base year rates
    • Current Occupational Employment
    • Consensus Occupational Growth Rate
  • Account for possible adjustments
    • Consensus Occupational Replacement Rate
pilots in two regions
Pilots in Two Regions

Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council

northeast region
Northeast Region

MCHC (Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council) is a membership and service organization dedicated to high quality, accessible healthcare for all communities in the Northeast Region.

Nursing Workforce Leadership Coalition:

Chief Nurse Executives, Chief Human Resource Officers, Deans of Nursing Schools, Program Directors of Nursing, Workforce Boards, and State Agency Partners (including IBHE).

regional nursing workforce pipeline higher education
Regional Nursing Workforce Pipeline& Higher Education

Developing Diverse Qualified Applicant Pool

Apply to Nursing School

Program Capacity, Student Progress, & Student Completion

Graduate from Nursing School & Pass Licensure Exam

Transition of Program Completers to Healthcare Employment


Retention of Experienced Nurses

regional work plans
Regional Work Plans

Step 1: Estimate Regional Nursing Shortages

Step 2: Analyze Baseline Performance at Each Stage of Pipeline

Step 3: Identify Root Causes and Potential Solutions (Regional Framework)

Step 4: Develop Final Regional Plan--Goals, Strategies and Action Plan

questions answers
Questions & Answers

Nursing Panel Presenters:

Dr. Robert Sheets, Senior Advisor, Illinois Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

Dr. Ann Solari-Twadell, Interim Associate Dean, Assistant Professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago

Jeri Lynn Else, Manager of Strategic Healthcare Partnerships and Executive Director of DuPage Area Healthcare Leadership Council, College of DuPage,

Mary Anne Kelly, Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC)