Speaking on Business: Utah Nursing Consortium
The Utah Nursing Consortium is working to problem solve the gap between open positions and hiring nursing education staff.
This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.
With a nursing shortage in Utah, that’s up to 1,200 nurses, the idea of our education institutions coming together in a collaborative space is another great example of how Utah does business. The Utah Nursing Consortium, made up of distinguished members, is working to problem solve the gap between open positions and hiring nursing education staff to increase the number of registered nurses graduating from Utah’s colleges to address our shortage in Utah.
The Utah Nursing Consortium is made up of 10 of Utah’s public and non-profit education institutions educating 80 percent of Utah’s nursing workforce. This includes Utah State University, Weber State University, the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, Dixie State University, BYU and Westminster College.
After realizing Utah’s colleges and universities were facing a similar issue, turning away 1,000 qualified students every year, Utah Nursing Consortium Project Director Dr. Teresa Garrett says they decided to come together to find an effective solution for the capacity issue they identified. The goal is twofold … working with legislators to secure funding, and using funds to increase nursing faculty so more students can be admitted every year. Dr. Garrett worked to secure $2.5 million in this year’s legislative session and will continue to seek additional funding.
Check them out at utahnursingconsortium.com.
For Zions Bank, I’m Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.
Utah Nurses Consortium
2101 W. 2400 South
Charleston, UT 84032