Western Massachusetts Nursing Collaborative
The Western Massachusetts Nursing Collaborative is a coalition of nurse leaders from education and service focused on the critical role the nursing workforce plays in the delivery of quality care. They are working together to ensure the region has an adequate supply of high quality, diverse nurses to meet the healthcare needs of our community.
Why a Nursing Collaborative?
Registered nurses represent the largest segment of the healthcare workforce. Despite current economic conditions, there is a growing shortage of nurses that is projected to significantly increase in the coming years due to the aging population, nurses retirements.
Since its founding in 2006, the Western MA Nursing Collaborative has been both active and responsive to the region’s changing needs. It remains dedicated to the following goals:
- Increasing the supply and diversity of qualified nurses by expanding the capacity of nursing education programs
- Increasing the supply and diversity of qualified full-time and adjunct faculty in all nursing programs
- Increasing access to and seamless progression in nursing education at all levels
Sustaining and retaining the existing nursing workforce
Centralized Nursing Clinical Placement Systems
The Massachusetts Centralized Nursing Clinical Placement System (MCNCPS) is a collaborative project of the Board of Higher Education (BHE) and the Massachusetts Center for Nursing (MCN).
The MCNCPS software, developed by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, is a stand-alone Internet-based software tool designed to facilitate the display, scheduling, and management of clinical nursing education placements between health care organizations and nursing education programs. This system is regionally-based and has been created through the input of regional nursing education and practice leaders from across the state. Visit the website.
Western Massachusetts healthcare facilities and schools involved in the implementation of the Massachusetts Centralized Clinical Placement System streamlined the nursing clinical placements by using the electronic scheduling system and standardized the requirements for clinical rotations in all western Massachusetts healthcare facilities.
PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING Clinical Conference
Approximately 300 public health and student nurses have participated in the semi-annual Public Health Nursing Clinical Conference since its inception in 2017. Past participants represented public health nurses from the health departments in Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Agawam, Southwick and Westfield, as well as senior level nursing students from American International College, Springfield Technical Community College and Bay Path University’s RN to BSN program, Elms College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Westfield State University.
The Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses – Western MA Chapter, designed the conference and partnered with the Western MA Nursing Collaborative with the goal of exposing nursing students to viable opportunities in community nursing. Participants are informed on the role and responsibilities of public health nurses and their involvement in promoting and maintaining healthy populations in the community through their association with state agencies, schools and healthcare centers. The chapter members also facilitate a patient surveillance and disease control simulation, providing participants with a first-hand experience on managing a disease outbreak in the community.
Nursing On-the-Job Training and Residency Programs
In November 2011, the MassHire Hampden County County Workforce Board in partnership with Capital Workforce Partners in Hartford, CT received funding from US Department of Labor to assist new and underemployed nurses transition to employment in areas of healthcare that require extended training. Learn more about this project.
Care Transitions Education Project
The Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation, in partnership with the Western MA Nursing Collaborative (WMNC), received funding from Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future (PIN), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson and Northwest Health Foundations to develop and evaluate CTEP (2011-2014). Learn more about this project.