HealthForce Partners Launched!

On June 14, healthcare, education, and workforce development executives from the Northern San Joaquin Valley launched a new partnership to grow the local healthcare workforce.

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Dr. Anitra Williams, Director of Nursing Operations at St. Joseph’s Medical Center – Dignity Health, describes a new RN pathway pilot program at the June 14 Executives Council meeting.

The partnership, known as HealthForce Partners Northern San Joaquin Valley, addresses the talent needs of healthcare employers and the employment needs of community residents. Working together, the partners identify healthcare workforce gaps and develop new ways to address them.

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“Make It Happen” Team Drafts RN Pipeline Plans

Responding to a regional crisis supply of registered nurses, a group of innovative healthcare and education leaders convened in March to draft plans for a pilot nursing pipeline program.

Convened by Dr. Anitra Williams, Director of Nursing Operations at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, the group has drafted a concrete plan to help high school students enrolled at Stockton Unified School District’s Health Careers Academy make the transition to nursing.

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UCSF Study Predicts RN Shortfall for San Joaquin Valley

A new study from the UCSF Healthforce Center confirms what healthcare executives in HealthForce Partners have been saying: there aren’t enough nurses in the San Joaquin Valley, and the situation is getting worse, not better.

Forecasted RN Supply and Demand for the San Joaquin Valley

Registered Nurse Workforce: Forecasted Supply and Demand, 2016-2030
Source: “The San Joaquin Valley Registered Nurse Workforce: Forecasted Supply and Demand, 2016-2030,” Joanne Spetz, Janet Coffman, and Timothy Bates, Healthforce Center at UCSF, 2018.

The study, based on data from the California Board of Registered Nursing and other sources, predicts that the total number of RNs in the San Joaquin Valley will likely decline between 2017 and 2030. At the same time, demand for RNs is projected to grow more than 35%.

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Nursing Leaders and Partners Tackle Pipeline Challenges

With over 1,000 projected openings per year in San Joaquin County alone, nursing pathway occupations pose the greatest challenges for the area’s healthcare employers.

To address these challenges, the Healthcare Pathways Team – a working group of nursing leaders, educators, and workforce development practitioners – is meeting to develop strategies to expand the talent pipeline and increase employment opportunities for community residents.

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