Central Minnesota AHEC partners with West Central Initiative, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, 10 regional schools of nursing, and other local partners to form the Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN) initiative.
Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Gunderson recently highlighted the project in a story titled "As Minnesota population ages, nursing schools focus on geriatric care."
The PIN program will addresses the professional nursing workforce needs for the growing elderly population in Central Minnesota. The program is supported by $348,480 in grant funds from both the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and PIN partners.
PIN specifically targets faculty development, geriatrics, and long-term care. The collaboration of health care providers and education organizations in the region will strengthen the professional nursing workforce by increasing the number of faculty with expertise in teaching geriatric nursing. Consequently, nursing students will be competent in providing care to the growing elderly population and prepared to assume positions in community and institutional settings that provide care and services to the elderly.