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What are You Doing to Decrease the Nursing Shortage?
The Nebraska Center for Nursing is collecting information on what health care facilities across the state are doing to help ease the nursing shortage. If you have strategies that are working, we’d like to hear about them. Or if you have tried something that didn’t work, and you think you know why, we’d like to receive that information also. The Center for Nursing can act as a clearinghouse and information source for strategies, activities and approaches to address the current shortage of nurses and nursing support personnel. Send us a note or call and tell what you are doing.


Karen Bowen, RN, MSN
Nebraska Center for Nursing,
PO Box 94986, Lincoln, NE 68509;
telephone (402) 471-0317;

We look forward to hearing from you.

Calling all Nurses
The Nebraska Center for Nursing wants to identify individuals who would be willing to serve as a mentor to a young person who is considering a career in nursing. The only requirements are that you are currently working as a nurse, you have a positive attitude about nursing and you’d like to help a young person learn more about the benefits of a career in nursing. We need mentors from all parts of the state and all areas of nursing practice. We are especially looking for men and ethnic minorities who would be willing to serve. The Center for Nursing staff will provide you with materials and ideas to help you get started. Contact Karen Bowen, MSN, RN, Nebraska Center for Nursing, PO Box 94986, Lincoln, NE 68509; telephone (402) 471-0317; email»

Recruitment Presentation
We have designed a presentation for use with middle school/junior high or high school-aged students to help them understand what nurses do and give them information on the advantages of nursing as a career. The presentation includes a script written for presentation by a nurse to a group of students. Please consider using this presentation if you are asked to participate in a career fair or give a presentation at your local school. If you don't have access to a projector to show a Power Point presentation, the slides can be made into handouts or put on transparencies for use with an overhead projector. To download the presentation, right click here and choose "Save target as." Then download the "recruit" file as a Power Point presentation onto your desktop. 

Materials Available to Promote Nursing
Contact the Nebraska Center for Nursing to request any of the following materials.


Karen Bowen, RN, MSN
Nebraska Center for Nursing,
PO Box 94986, Lincoln, NE 68509;
telephone (402) 471-0317;

Brochures and Posters
Click the titles below to see our available brochures and posters.

Business card sized magnets with the outline of the state of Nebraska and the caption "Nursing: A Career for a Lifetime." Also lists telephone number and web site for the Nebraska Center for Nursing. Available in quantities up to 100. Appropriate for distribution to persons with an interest in learning more about nursing. Free of charge.

Coloring Books
A 30 page coloring book "What Do Nurses Do?" Developed by Melodie Chenevert, RN. Includes caption translation in French and Spanish. Appropriate for children ages 5-10. Available in quantities up to 50 at no charge. If you would like to order larger quantities, go to for ordering and price information.

Career Guides and Web Resources
A 171 page paperback book "Opportunities to Care: The Pfizer Guide to Careers in Nursing" published by Pfizer Pharmaceutical Group. The book was created for nursing students in professional training programs but is also useful for students from junior high through pre-professional. The book's content, in PDF format, is available to view and download at the Pfizer website. Individual students, prospective students and schools from elementary through pre-professional are welcome to use these web-based materials for their educational purposes. Printing and duplicating materials is allowed for non-commercial distribution within education programs. The Pfizer website is

The following websites help to find nursing degrees and degrees programs in the U.S.  The first website presents a directory of over 7,000 programs from 1,700 nursing schools.  The second website is a searchable database of RN to BSN degrees programs anywhere on the Web: 

Nursing Shortage Across America
There is an abundance of useful information and promotional materials available to you through the many outstanding nursing centers in states all across the country. Click here to go directly to our Links page and check out all of the Other State's Nursing Shortage Initiatives. North Carolina and Oregon have especially helpful information and are a good place to start. 

Looking for a Speaker for your Next Meeting?
The staff and board members of the Nebraska Center for Nursing are available to present information on the goals and progress of the Center. What are the workforce trends for nursing in Nebraska? Where are the critical shortage areas in the state? How many more nurses do we need to ease shortage? What is the Center for Nursing doing to address the shortage? How can we recruit more men and minorities into nursing? What are the satisfiers and dissatisfies that influence retention in nursing?

If you would like to arrange for a speaker, contact any board member or the staff of the Center for Nursing. Contact information can be found on the web site or you can call (402) 471-0317.

Magnet Hospital Program Job Shadowing
On this day when renowned Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his hole after a long winter’s nap to look for his shadow . . .

The Nebraska Center for Nursing encourages health care facilities in Nebraska to develop job-shadowing programs to expose young people to a career in nursing. Direct observation in the workplace and the opportunity to question and listen to nurses in the workplace can provide strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing.


A new study by Peter Buerhaus and colleagues on the Health Affairs  web site reports that the number of nurses entering the workforce rose rapidly for a second consecutive year, but the current growth spurt will not be able to address the longer-term shortage of  nurses.


The Nebraska Center for Nursing Board has identified three Web sites that are excellent resources for facilities to use in developing a job-shadowing program. We encourage you to review these resources and develop your own job-shadowing program. We encourage you to share your job-shadowing program with us so we can add it to our Web site. You can send you job-shadowing program information to: Karen Bowen»

Here are the job-shadowing resource Web sites