HASC and its workforce development partners highlighted their recent workforce pilot at the California Workforce Association’s Meeting of the Minds 2019 last month in Monterey. HASC with the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB), and HealthImpact — the state nursing workforce group — presented on Connecting Regional Strategies to Local Program Design and Delivery: Perioperative Specialty Registered Nurse Training Pilot Project.

In response to hospitals’ shortage of perioperative nurses, the cooperative project engaged two universities and eight hospitals in the L.A. region to implement an evidence-based academic-practice training model. When complete, the effort had trained and empowered 17 RNs to advance their careers — and fill needed positions — as perioperative nurses.

The industry-led approach aimed to meet workforce needs supporting professional advancement, career mobility, and retention of incumbent RNs – and to provide specialty training to a limited number of new graduate nurses.

HASC and its workforce partners were proud to share the successful results of this pilot — and to share a paper highlighting its findings, the Perioperative Specialty RN Training Pilot Project Final Report.