Center for Health Workforce Development

The mission of the Center for Health Workforce Development is to achieve an abundant, competent, and motivated healthcare workforce through state wide collaboration, strategies, and solutions.

The Center for Health Workforce Development is led by an advisory board comprised of individuals from educational and healthcare systems within Tennessee, the local Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Department of Health Divisions of Health Planning and Labor and Workforce Development, and other workforce advocacy groups.  The advisory board will assist by:

  • Maintaining a network of stakeholders across workforce areas to discuss relevant issues and possible solutions for healthcare workforce in Tennessee.
  • Creating an ongoing dialogue among leaders and practitioners of all healthcare disciplines and areas, in all parts of the state.
  • Drawing from data and information available from research and projects within the state and nationally.
  • Using the stakeholder network for legislative advocacy and support, when appropriate.

Tennessee Promise of Nursing Grant Program Request for Proposals

THA is pleased to distribute a Request for Proposals to distribute available funding remaining from previous Tennessee Promise of Nursing Campaigns hosted in Tennessee.  Several hospitals and healthcare agencies, Johnson & Johnson and other national companies with an interest in supporting nursing education contributed funding for these campaigns.  Twelve nursing grants were awarded in 2016, and we are now fortunate to seek proposals to award an additional $124,000 for three to five successful projects that focus on nursing challenges and potential solutions

Applications should focus on collaborative and creative approaches to address nursing workforce challenges in Tennessee.  Only Tennessee nursing schools or nonprofit hospitals or organizations located in Tennessee with a 501C3 IRS determination status that have a focus in healthcare are eligible to apply.

The submission deadline is September 30, 2017.  Awards will be announced by October 31, 2017.  If you have questions regarding the application process or eligibility, please contact Bill Jolley or Mary Ann Watson at 615-256-8240.

Free primary care recruitment assistance
Tennessee Rural Partnership

Nursing Advocacy
Tennessee Nurses Association 

Additional Workforce Resources:

Healthcare Career Center, Rural Workforce Insights — from the Experts (6/2017)

Nursing Outlook (2016): How fast will the registered nurse workforce grow through 2030? Projections in nine regions of the country; David I. Auerbach, PhD, Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, Douglas O. Staiger, PhD

The 4 forces that will Reshape Nursing (9/16): Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN

Preparing the Nursing Workforce of the Future: The View from Nursing Education (2017): Martha Buckner, PhD, RN, Associate Dean of Nursing, Belmont University

A Review of Workforce Data for Tennessee by Region and County (2016): Wendy M. Nehring, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAAIDD, Dean of Nursing, East Tennessee State University

Current State: The Healthcare System and Nurse Staffing (2017): Tina Prescott, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, West Tennessee Healthcare