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July 05, 2012 (Cleveland)

NEONI Presents Nursing Workforce Supply and Demand Tool at National Conference

nursing workforce supply and demandNEONI’s Vice President Lisa Anderson, RN, MSN, BSN, and Cypress Research Group’s President Patricia J. Cirillo, Ph.D., were chosen to present NEONI’s Nursing Forecast Model, a tool developed to accurately predict the nursing workforce supply and demand, at the National Conference of Nursing Workforce Centers’ 2012 Forum Annual Conference, on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Indianapolis.

During their 40-minute breakout session presentation,“Predicting Nursing Workforce Supply & Demand – Building a Better Mousetrap,” Anderson and Cirillo educated nearly 70 attendees on how NEONI’s Nursing Forecast Model was constructed and how the tool was used to modify select variables, test hypothetical situations, and interpret supply and demand on an organizational and regional basis. Following the presentation, several states and a health system/insurance provider expressed a great deal of interest in exploring implementing their own customized Forecast Tool.

“Currently, 10 organizations have received the tool and plans are underway to survey them on utilization within their healthcare setting later in 2012,” said Lisa Anderson, vice president of member services at The Center for Health Affairs. “The Forecast Tool has increased the confidence levels of those who rely on accurate nursing workforce data. Expansion throughout the state seems promising and offers a consistent methodology to predict nursing workforce for the future.”

In addition to being chosen to present, NEONI was also featured in a publication that was distributed to more than 160 attendees at the conference. NEONI’s report identified and examined simulation resources in Ohio and the implications for nursing education and practice. Simulation is designed to emulate the clinical environment and provide opportunities for students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned within their education program as well as the opportunity to practice decision making and critical thinking. NEONI’s summary, including its survey, key findings, implications and next steps for simulation in Ohio, was one of the four state stories featured in the publication, The Use of High - Fidelity Simulation in Nursing Education: Four State Stories.

About the Conference
Taking the Long View to Build the Nation’s Nursing Workforce: Visions of the Future, hosted by the Indiana Center for Nursing, was ninth in a series of conferences focused on transforming the nursing workforce and building on new and promising practices. The conference addressed the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, and what states have done to implement the report’s recommendations. Additionally, leaders and stakeholders of state-based nursing workforce centers joined together to focus on the IOM’s recommendations and how they can maintain the momentum, as well as examine key issues related to the current and future nursing workforce.

If you have questions about the conference or about NEONI’s Nursing Forecast Model, please contact Lisa Anderson at 216.255.3660 or at lisa.anderson@chanet.org, or Pat Cirillo at 216.295.9764 or pat@cypress-research.com.

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