The purpose of the Ohio Center for Nursing web site is to promote nursing as a career and provide information about the nursing workforce in Ohio. Individuals interested in becoming a nurse can obtain information on nursing as a career, nursing education programs, and tuition assistance. Interested parties will find nursing workforce data and additional sources for data. By linking with nursing centers in Ohio and throughout the country, you can identify innovative strategies for recruitment and retention of nurses.


HRSA: National Sample Survey of Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners play a critical role in extending access to health care by providing a ange of primary and specialty care services. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) conducted the 2012 National Sample Survey of Nurse Practitioners to provide accurate national estimates of the nurse practitioner workforce and to profile their education, certification, and practice patterns.

Click Here to Access the Summary and HRSA Data Warehouse Page

Strengthening Nursing Practice Annual Conference

When: Thursday June 12, 2014 at 7:30 AM EDT -to- Friday June 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM EDT
Where: Marriott Hartford Downtown - 200 Columbus Boulevard - Hartford - CT - 06103

Act now to reserve your seat at the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers' annual conference in Hartford, Connecticut. This year's conference will highlight national best practices and explore Strengthening Nursing Practice: Powerful Strategies to Achieve the IOM's Future of Nursing Recommendations.

Don't miss an opportunity to learn from our keynote speakers:

- Michael Bleich, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Dean and Professor, Vice President for BJC Healthcare, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
- Dr. David DeLong, DBA, MPA,David DeLong & Associates
- Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Adviser for Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Jonathan C. Peck, MA, President & Senior Futurist, Institute for Alternative Futures

Click Here for the Complete Announcement

The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Application for 2014

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program 2014 application cycle will open soon. Registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses may qualify for loan repayment assistance if they work in a public or private nonprofit critical shortage facility or as nurse faculty employed by an accredited school of nursing. A critical shortage facility is a health care facility designated as, located in, or serving a mental health or primary medical care health professional shortage area (HPSA).

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January 2014 " New Approaches for Delivering Primary Care Could Reduce Predicted Physician Shortage"

New Approaches for Delivering Primary Care Could Reduce Predicted Physician Shortage Numerous forecasts have predicted shortages of physicians in the United States, particularly in light of the expected increase in demand from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Such predictions, however, might be far from the mark. Several recent innovations are attempting to change the way primary care is delivered — by expanding who provides care (e.g., physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants) and how care is coordinated (e.g., through teams).

RAND researchers analyzed the potential impact of two emerging models of care — the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and the nurse-managed health center (NMHC) — on future shortages of primary care physicians. The PCMH delivers primary care using a team of providers, including physicians, advanced practice and other nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, educators, and care coordinators. NMHCs, also known as nursing centers or nurse-led clinics, are managed and operated by nurses, with nurse practitioners functioning as the primary providers.

The study found that projected shortages of primary care physicians could be substantially reduced by increasing the prevalence of these new models of care — without increasing the number of physicians. Researchers also developed an interactive online tool that allows users to change the assumptions used in this research and see the effect on future shortages or surpluses of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Click Here to View the Full Article on the Rand.Org Website

December 2013 - HRSA Workforce Research

"Projecting the Supply and Demand for Primary Care Practitioners Through 2020"

This study examines the adequacy of the future supply of primary care practitioners (PCPs) to meet the future demand for primary care services. Data on supply and demand for primary care services in 2010, with demand adjusted for physician shortages in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), are used as a baseline to project supply and demand in 2020 for physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs). The model assumes continuation of key trends in service utilization, practitioner practice patterns, and practitioner production. The model also accounts for aging and population growth and the expansion of coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The impact of the Affordable Care Act is modeled under the assumption that all states expand Medicaid. Therefore, the numbers reported here overestimate demand for primary care services until such time as all states fully implement the Affordable Care Act. Projections of demand for each type of practitioner are based on how they are currently deployed to provide services.

"The U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook"

The U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook presents extensive data on 35 U.S. health occupations. Data in the Chartbook includes estimates on the number of individuals working in each occupation, demographic data on these workers, their work setting, the distribution of each occupation across states, and information on the number of graduates in 2010 when applicable. The Chartbook and its accompanying documents primarily rely on federal data sources including the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data from HRSA’s Area Health Resources Files (AHRF) are also used.

Downloads are Available on the Workforce Supply Page

November 2013 - Connecting the Dots: Identifying Simulation Resources in Ohio

Two major concerns discussed at ONNW meetings have included the shortage of nursing faculty in Ohio and the competition for and scarcity of clinical sites for nursing students. To that end ONNW decided to survey employers and nursing schools about their use of simulation. ONNW collaborated with the Florida Center for Nursing to use the Simulation Survey developed by them. The Center for Health Affairs, Cleveland, offered to fund this survey. A sub-committee of ONNW provided guidance and assistance.

Below you will find the reports and results of this survey. Needless to say the two concerns that stimulated the survey have not gone away and remain of high concern to ONNW as well as nursing programs in Ohio.

Click Here for Survey Summary Results

Click Here for "Connecting the Dots: Identifying Simulation Resources in Ohio" - Print Version

Click Here for "Connecting the Dots: Identifying Simulation Resources in Ohio" - Electronic Version

October 2013 - The Ohio Board of Nursing has Released RN & APRN Workforce Data Report Summaries

The Board recently collected comprehensive workforce data for registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) during the 2013 renewal cycle that just ended on August 31st. The response rate was over 97% of RNs with an active Ohio license or nearly 170,000 nursing licensees.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” identified data collection as a vital component for health care planning and policymaking. The data questions are based on the nursing Minimum Data Set (Colleagues in Caring Project), core data questions developed by the HRSA National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, and the joint 2013 survey conducted by the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

The Board is aware of the importance of data for effective workforce planning and policymaking in Ohio. The Board will make this information directly available to those interested parties who assisted us in developing the questions, including the Governor, the Ohio legislature, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, the Ohio Department of Health, the Human Resources Service Administration (HRSA), the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO), the Ohio Action Coalition (OAC), and the various state nursing associations. The Board will also make the numbers generated from the survey publicly available on our website at www.nursing.ohio.gov, with the added ability for anyone interested to search the numbers themselves in different ways and combinations.

The Board again wants to thank Ohio nursing licensees for taking the time to answer the important workforce questions included in this year’s renewal process. Your assistance will positively impact the profession of nursing and the health of Ohioans.

Click Here for the RN Summary

Click Here for the APRN Summary

September 2013 - Nurse Job Satisfaction Improves Patient Outcomes, NDNQI Data Show

When nurses enjoy their jobs and intend to stay in their positions long term, it can translate to improved patient outcomes, according to findings from NDNQI, a quality improvement program of the American Nurses Association.

"NDNQI data show that positive patient outcomes are strongly tied to nurse satisfaction," says Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association. "For example, during a two-year time span, our RN survey data revealed that a 25% increase in job enjoyment, and a 29% increase in intent to stay, associated with an overall quality of care increase of 5-20%."

NDNQI data also showed that injury falls rate decreased by 17% in four years, hospital-acquired pressure ulcer rate decreased by 24-59% in two years, and infection rates decreased by 87% in two years. The ranges are reflective of the differences among nursing units and why reporting at the nursing unit level matters. NDNQI tracks up to 18 nursing-sensitive quality measures, providing actionable insights based on structure, process, and outcome data. For more information, visit www.ndnqi.org.

Download: ANA Inspired Care Infographic [168KB .pdf]

NDNQI is a quality improvement solution of the American Nurses Association. Used by 2,000 hospitals nationwide, it is the largest provider of unit-level performance data to hospitals.

May 2013 - The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education Report

Understanding the supply and distribution of nurses is key to ensuring access to care and an effective health care system. The report is intended to be used by national and state workforce planners, as well as educators, researchers, and policy makers. We have included a copy of this report on our Nursing Workforce Supply and Demand page. (Click Here)

May 2013 - Nursing the Most Trusted Profession in America

May 2, 2013 -- Article give an overview of the nursing profession, a caring career that holds numerous opportunities for service. Last year, Americans voted nurses the most trusted professionals in America for the 13th time in 14 years in an annual Gallup poll. Source: Boston Globe

April 2013 - HRSA Faculty Loan Repayment Program

The 2013 Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) application cycle is scheduled to open soon. If you know of a health professions faculty member that may be eligible, refer them to the link below to signup for future Faculty Loan Repayment Program notifications.

Click Here for More Information Directly from HRSA

March 2013 - Strategies to retain older health care professionals

This Rutgers Center for State Health Policy issue brief identifies promising retention practices for employers and policymakers. This publication offers strategies to retain older health care professionals based on a one-day symposium held January 2012, "The Aging Workforce: Challenges for the Health Care Industry Workforce." Identifies promising practices for employers and policymakers.

Click Here for the PDF that is Available Through Rutgers University

January 2013 - The 2013 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open

The 2013 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application cycle is now open. The NURSE Corps LRP is adapting to the increasing demand for NPs by reserving up to half of the award funding for NPs; the remaining funding will continue to support RNs and nurse faculty. The deadline to apply to NURSE Corps LRP is February 28, 2013, at 7:30 pm ET.

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July 2012 - (Excerpt) The Boomers Have Arrived: Preparing to Meet the Needs of Our Aging Population

"... The aging of the U.S. population is destined to dramatically impact every conceivable facet of American life. How could some 78 million baby boomers now turning 65 years of age at the rate of 10,000 a day not change our lives and not alter the delivery of health care in significant ways? We need to remember that Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are healthier, more mobile, more educated, more skilled, and more outspoken than any previous generation of Americans. Their expectations will be higher and they will let their views (both positive and negative) be known loudly and clearly. The implications for the health workforce are clear. I anticipate Boomers will make heavier use of health care resources and demand that those services be of the highest quality. Boomers will want more health care choices available to them including the availability, in particular, of nontraditional health care including a heavy dose of health promotion and illness prevention services. They will not allow themselves to be treated as passive, vulnerable victims but will rather insist they be viewed as the educated consumers they are with a critical eye continuously assessing the manner in which health care is provided. They will expect a greater voice in the development of their personal health care plan. And, they will be more honest, direct, and open in their style of communication with the health professionals that serve them. Get ready, the Boomers have arrived and will surely drive dramatic changes in the design and delivery of health care in the years ahead. ..."

The complete article can be found here on the HWIC Website.

June 2012 - "Health Care Drives US Job Growth in May

The healthcare sector created 32,800 jobs in May—accounting for 47.5% of the 69,000 new jobs in the larger economy for the month, new federal data shows. (Source: HealthLeaders Media)