The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers was held in Denver CO at the historic Brown Palace Hotel from June 12-14.
Our team was well represented. Karen Donelan presented “Models of Care for Frail Older Adults Living in the Community”, bringing together recent research from two projects on the roles of nurses and social workers in care management. Peter Buerhaus was one of the Conference leaders, and gave the opening plenary address focusing on trends in the nursing workforce. Joanne Spetz’s team from UCSF was well represented with 5 presentations: “Strengthening the Nursing Workforce to Care for People with Serious Illness: Recommendations from a National Summit”, “Describing Workforce Demand: Three States’ Data Collection and Dissemination Approaches and Examples of Uses of the Data”, “Developing Regional Forecasts of Nursing Supply and Demand: Data and Methodological Challenges”, “The Effect of Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Regulations on the Growth of the Opioid Treatment Workforce” and “Nurse Workforce Supply and Demand Projections: How Different Models and Source Data Influence the Results”. Other plenaries included David Cutler from the Department of Economics at Harvard and Lynda Benton from The Johnson&Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, where exciting new initiatives are underway to support nursing innovation and leadership.