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ASU’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation is deeply committed to keeping a pulse on the industry in order to ensure our graduates are prepared to be productive, thriving members of the workforce. One way we do this is through the Community Partners Forum, an event we host to bring together nursing and health leaders in the Phoenix area to explore ways of making a positive impact on the health and well-being of our community.
This year’s forum was held in June and was attended by more than 100 people from a variety of organizations including the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, Cardon Children's Medical Center, Dignity Health, Iasis Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, National Black Nurses Association, Native American Connections, along with faculty from CONHI and other local schools and colleges, such as Phoenix College, Midwestern University, and Maricopa Community Colleges, and Paradise Valley School District.
Breakout sessions, focused on identifying emerging roles of the future nursing workforce, identified ways in which the college can expand curriculum and student opportunities to ensure workforce needs are met. For example, collaborators told us they envision hiring more behavioral health practitioners, chronic disease managers and medical managers to help lower hospital re-admissions. They also told us they need more nurses with a background in ambulatory care and nurses specialized in dealing with end of life issues and palliative care. Nurses with keen assessment skills are also an emerging valued skillset, especially with the rise of telemedicine and electronic monitoring. We aim to conceptualize and modify our curriculum to address these workforce needs.
If you are interested in attending the upcoming Community Partners Forum, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.