One of the leading factors affecting the current nursing shortage in this country is a shortage of nurse educators--those who are willing to bring what they have learned as a working nurse back into an academic setting to teach the next generation of nurses.
To address this shortage in our region, the Consortium's Nurse Education Clinical Coordination Committee established an ad-hoc group to study what factors affect nurses' decisions to pursue advanced education and return to academia.
We conducted a survey of all registered nurses residing in our 20-county area of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa, asking about their interest in, and barriers to, returning to teaching.
Survey Findings and Resources
The Future of Nursing
View the Oct. 15, 2010 Littlefield Lecture by Donna Shalala on "The Future of Nursing"
La Crosse Area Nursing Conversations Summary
View the La Crosse Area Nursing Education Update, a short film by USC film student Stephen Helstad.
Nursing Education Clinical Coordination Committee:
Mary Lu Gerke - Gundersen Health System
Diane Holmay - Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare
Nancy Johnson - Onalaska Care Center
Barb Krieg - Western
Bill McBreen - Winona State University
Martha McCabe - Scenic Rivers AHEC
Silvana Richardson - Viterbo
Sarah Spah - La Crosse County Health Department
Delayne Vogel - Viterbo
Judy Warmuth - Wisconsin Hospital Association