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Preparing the Nursing Workforce for a Changing Health System: The Role of Graduate Nursing Education

On January 21, 2015, the Alliance for Health Reform hosted a briefing on Preparing the Nursing Workforce for a Changing Health System: The Role of Graduate Nursing Education in Washington, DC. The distinguished panel of healthcare workforce and education experts provided insights on current and projected demands for nursing, and how federally-financed nursing education programs work to support students seeking advanced nursing degrees, most specifically the Graduate Nursing Education demonstration. Briefing presenters included:

  • Ed Salsberg, MPA, Director of Health Workforce Studies at George Washington University School of Nursing and founding director of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at the Health Resources and Services Administration, described the current and projected needs for the primary care workforce.
  • Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, professor of sociology, and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, who described the Graduate Nurse Education demonstration being conducted through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
  • Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, who discussed existing mechanisms for supporting the training of nursing professionals, with a focus on the role of graduate nursing education.
  • Brittnee MacIntyre, BSN, RN, CPAN, FNP-S, a nurse practitioner and recent nursing school graduate, who described the challenges and opportunities for nurses pursuing higher education today, and the applicability of new models of training to prepare nurses to treat chronic care and Medicare populations.

Video from last week's Capitol Hill briefing is now available.

August 6, 2013

AACN applauds the announcement made by United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius that recognized the academic-practice partnerships to receive support through the Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration. GNE is a new funding stream dedicated to advanced practice nursing education that was created through the Affordable Care Act. Read more...

Under the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will provide reimbursement to the 5 hospitals listed below, for the reasonable cost of providing clinical training to advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students added as a result of the demonstration. For more information, visit

Learn more about the five awardees:

participating schools of NUrsing


Arizona State University
Grand Canyon University
Northern Arizona University
University of Arizona


Rush University

North Carolina

Duke University


Drexel University
Gwynedd-Mercy College
La Salle University
Neumann University
Temple University
Thomas Jefferson University
University of Pennsylvania
Villanova University
Widener University


Prairie View A&M University
Texas Woman's University
University of Texas Medical Branch
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston