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Background
This website was developed to provide information about the population of nurses available to health care facilities in Michigan based on rising concerns about the nursing shortage among professional nursing organizations and state agencies. More specifically, in 2004, Michigan’s nursing community with leadership from the Coalition of Michigan Organizations of Nursing (COMON) and the Office of the Chief Nurse Executive convened to develop a Strategic Plan. COMON was organized in 1984 and has been documenting nursing shortage issues since 2002.

Key recommendations from this strategic plan, titled The Nursing Agenda for Michigan: 2005-2010; Actions to Avert a Crisis, are listed below.

  • Key Areas of Change
    • Work Changes
    • Nursing Education Changes
    • Healthcare System Changes
    • Regulatory & Licensure Changes
  • Short-Term Recommendations: Health System & Work Changes
    • Promote safe working hours
    • Improve organization & design of nursing tasks
    • Improve ergonomics of nursing tasks
    • Set up collaborative multidisciplinary teams
    • Create a respectful & supportive nursing workplace
  • Short-Term Recommendations: Nursing Education Changes
    • Add slots in fast-track master's programs to increase faculty and recruit faculty from clinical nursing and retirees
    • Add slots in second-degree accelerated nursing programs to increase new nurses in the workforce
    • Maximize use of web-based instruction and other technologies
  • Short-Term Recommendations: Regulatory & Licensure Changes
    • Use an increased nursing license fee to provide assistance to the nursing workforce; for example, increase outreach and responsiveness of the regulatory apparatus, so that licensure is not delayed
    • Increase mentoring, support, and oversight for all stages of nursing careers, from student to retirement, by engaging and supporting qualified retired nurses in a multitude of roles

Publications

The Nursing Agenda for Michigan: 2005-2010
Actions to Avert a Crisis
Full Report
Executive Summary