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School of Nursing Hosts Nursing Workforce Meeting

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Martha Buckner, Dr. Wendy Nehring, Dr. Linda Flynn and Dr. Cathy Taylor.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Martha Buckner, Dr. Wendy Nehring, Dr. Linda Flynn and Dr. Cathy Taylor.

Belmont University School of Nursing hosted a statewide meeting this week on the future of the nursing profession’s workforce data collection in Tennessee.

“This is important work. Since budget cuts eliminated the Tennessee Center for Nursing in 2010, comprehensive workforce data have been scant,” said Dr. Cathy Taylor, dean of the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing.

Noting the importance of robust data to be used to improve health and provide better care for all Tennesseans, the Nursing Workforce Analysis Conference was sponsored by East Tennessee State University and brought together nurse educators, practitioners and researchers from the public and private sectors and agencies from throughout the state.

Dr. Linda Flynn, professor and associate dean for academic programs at the University of Colorado, was the featured speaker for the event.  Cathy Taylor, dean of the College of Health Sciences, and Dr. Martha Buckner, associate dean in the School of Nursing, represented Belmont at the meeting.