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  1. Lacey, Susan R. PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. McEniry, Mary MSW
  3. Cox, Karen S. RN, PhD, FAAN
  4. Olney, Adrienne BS, MS


Multiple strategies are needed to address the complex issues related to the nursing shortage. It is not enough to focus on increasing the number of students in the pipeline unless this is met with complimentary work to improve the professional practice environments of nursing staff. In addition, nurse-driven improvement projects that address specific patient and organizational outcomes will elevate the role of nurses from trusted professional to quality agents. The authors describe a partnership that has launched a new type of workforce center with core missions to create work environment improvements and point-of-care change led by staff nurses.