i spoke with pa nurses assoc. president patrick kenny yesterday while meeting our governor who's poposing significant healthcare reform and expansion of nursing. there is only one lpn to rn transition program in philadelphia area at la salle university. unbelievable !!!!!!!!!!
as one who transitioned from lpn 77 to rn bsn in 1982, there were no programs then to promote career mobility. luckily, inner city hospital i chose to work in firmly believed in "growing their staff" with education grants and flexible schedules. many lpn's moved to ad,rn then later bsn, few to msn level. several cna's also became rn's this way.
nurses have been bending gov ed rendell's ear since philly mayor in 1990's glad he listened:
[font=felbridge][color=#173f6e][color=#173f6e][font=felbridge]two years ago, the governor made a commitment to address workforce issues, especially with respect to the shortage of health care providers. as a result of that commitment, the administration has:
[font=felbridge][color=#173f6e][color=#173f6e][font=wingdings-regular] [color=#173f6e][font=felbridge]increased the number of nursing education programs in the commonwealth;
[color=#173f6e][font=wingdings-regular] [color=#173f6e][font=felbridge]provided new funding for nursing education to continue the training of more [font=felbridge][color=#173f6e]nurses; [color=#173f6e][font=felbridge-bold]67
[color=#173f6e][font=wingdings-regular] [color=#173f6e][font=felbridge]established the office of health equity in the department of health to help address diversity issues in the workforce; and
[color=#173f6e][font=wingdings-regular] [color=#173f6e][font=felbridge]implemented the recommendation of the workforce investment board to educate school children on the variety of health professions they might want to consider when they enter the workforce.
[font=felbridge]building on the success of the pennsylvania health careers task force, which was created by the governor in 2003, the administration has submitted proposed legislation [font=felbridge]to the general assembly that will formally establish the pennsylvania center for health careers.
[font=wingdings-regular] [font=felbridge]the center will develop strategies to address the commonwealth’s short and long-term health care workforce challenges to ensure the quality and supply of such workforce by:
[font=wingdings-regular] [font=felbridge]determining the health care workforce needs of the commonwealth through research, outreach and study;
[font=wingdings-regular] [font=felbridge]researching best practices in addressing similar workforce needs in other states; and
[font=wingdings-regular] [font=felbridge]assessing the effectiveness of the initiatives, programs and projects the center undertakes.[font=felbridge-bold][color=#ffffff]17
[font=felbridge][font=felbridge]the center will continue to partner with vested stakeholders to define and implement additional strategies to ensure that pennsylvania has the health care workforce it needs.
[font=felbridge][font=felbridge]these strategies will include:
[font=felbridge][font=wingdings-regular] [font=felbridge][font=felbridge]establishing a career ladder that will enable employees to enter the health care profession at one level and then obtain additional clinical experience and education to raise their professional level and increase their earning potential;
[font=felbridge]developing greater racial, ethnic and gender diversity across all of the healthcare professions.
next president should well look at this model to improve healthcare services across us.