A healthy relationship between schools and community organizations is crucial for a strong workforce and a thriving community. This relationship is especially important when a community experiences extreme challenges, like the nursing shortage or a pandemic.
Divisional Dean Shelle Poole recognized the best way Boise State could find solutions to tough problems – and stay ahead of future challenges – is to work hand-in-hand with local healthcare partners.
In 2021, Poole and Associate Divisional Dean Amy Spurlock organized the school’s first Strategic Advisory Board.
Made up of leaders from seven local healthcare systems – including St. Luke’s Health System, Saint Alphonsus/Trinity Health System, LifeFlight Network, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Primary Health Medical Group, and others – the group meets at least once a semester. They share with Poole and Spurlock updates and changes they’ve experienced recently, as well as what they anticipate needing in the future.
As a result of these conversations, Boise State innovated many aspects of its nursing education, welcoming suggestions that will equip the community with the most work-ready graduates possible.
“The School of Nursing is committed to meeting the workforce needs of Idaho, and the ability to collaborate with our healthcare partners is critical to this mission,” Spurlock said.
Poole agrees: “Our mission is only possible through ongoing conversations with innovative nurses within the health systems,” she said.
Turning suggestions into action
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