Western Mass 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

Collaborative Projects:

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.

Nursing On-the-Job Training and Residency Programs
In November 2011, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County 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.