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Office of Healthcare Workforce Research for Nursing

The Office of Healthcare Workforce Research for Nursing

Established in 2008, the Office of Healthcare Workforce Research for Nursing, is located in the Center for Nursing Leadership at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.  Previously collaborating with the Office for Healthcare Workforce Analyses and Planning (OHW), the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium, and other partner organizations, the Office of Healthcare Workforce Research for Nursing (OHWRN) has produced several reports on nursing education workforce, hospital workforce research and APRN workforce data/research. The OHWRN provides an objective entity for coordinating the development and publication of nursing workforce policy research in South Carolina.

Mission and Vision

  • Develop nursing workforce supply and demand projection methodologies specific to different healthcare disciplines

  • Gather information from major employer groups and members of healthcare professions concerning trends in unmet workforce demand such as recruitment, retention, and inability to fill existing positions

  • Provide supply and demand information at local levels

  • Produce studies of the state’s nursing workforce education programs

  • Monitor trends in enrollment, graduation, and retention in active practice to include estimates of changes needed in South Carolina educational program enrollments in order to address demand projections

  • Produce and disseminate policy-level reports, research, and publications for broad use by healthcare policymakers in various settings

  • Establish Web access to information concerning all aspects of nursing workforce supply, demand and education, including the ability of the user to generate queries and reports via a rapid retrieval application

  • Partner with others in the field to develop special studies related to the state’s healthcare workforce.