Welcome to the National Forum of Nursing Workforce Centers

We are a group of nurse workforce entities that addresses the nursing shortage within our states and the nation to assure an adequate supply of qualified nurses to meet the health needs of the US population. We support the advancement of nurse workforce initiatives and share best practices in research, planning, workforce development, and formulation of policy. We share information in three major ways: through publications, via annual conferences, and by way of this virtual network.

What exactly is a state nurse workforce entity? These state-level organizations are made up of people who work to increase the supply of nurses and resolve the critical nursing shortage.

Activities include data collection and analysis, publication of reports and information, as well as recommendations of changes necessary to resolve the nursing shortage.

While organizational structures, funding sources, and entity names vary, these state nurse workforce entities are commonly referred to as “Centers.”

The concept of “Taking the Long View” reflects the focus of workforce efforts being transformed from quick fixes to long-range strategic planning.

This involves the collection of data to identify imbalances between supply and demand, and allows for forecasting efforts that drive nursing workforce development and policy recommendations.

The majority of states have a nurse workforce initiative.

Visit our Workforce Centers page to find links to states participating in this national forum.

Networking. Bringing together nursing, healthcare and workforce research leaders.

  • Annual Conference attended by statewide subscribers
  • Providing support for the creation and success of statewide nursing workforce centers.
  • Collaborate on important issues related to the current and future nursing workforce of America
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Since 2009, the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers has offered a recommended minimum set of data to survey about the nursing workforce to standardize information collected by each state.