Long-range forecasts project a significant shortage of nurses in Virginia over the next 20 years. The shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) is expected to reach critical proportions around 2015*. Without focused interventions to address the shortage, it is expected that by 2028 Virginia will need 20,000 more RNs to provide critical healthcare services.
One solution to the nursing shortage is to keep nurses in the nursing workforce. Building nurses' leadership skills helps them lead staff more effectively, increasing the likelihood that both nurse leaders and staff remain in their jobs. Retaining quality staff, in turn, has a positive impact on patient care outcomes.
The Nurse Leadership Institute of Virginia (NLI), a statewide program of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, is a nine-month leadership development course for nurse leaders working in all sectors of healthcare across the Commonwealth. The Institute helps Virginia's RNs who serve as, or have been identified as having the potential to be, a nurse manager or a member of the management team strengthen his/her leadership competencies.
The Institute enjoys broad community support from a variety of Virginia's nursing organizations, including the Virginia Board of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Nursing, Virginia Nurses Association, Virginia Nurses Foundation, Virginia Partnership for Nursing and the Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders, as well as hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers across the Commonwealth that sponsor their employees participation in the NLI.
The Richmond Memorial Health Foundation is a member of the 2007 and 2011 Cohorts of Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN) network , a partnership of the Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) and the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation and local foundations investing in nursing workforce solutions.
* Future Virginia nursing supply was projected by the Health Workforce Data Center of the Virginia Department of Health Professions by applying the Nurse Supply by applying the Nurse Supply Model (NSM) developed by the US Health and Resource Services Administration (HRSA) (www.dhp.virginia.gov/hwdc).