February 28, 2005

The Caring For Our Own Program (CO-OP) has received national recognition, having been one of four programs invited to present at the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice (NACNEP) on April 8, 2005. Kay Chafey, PhD, RN, Project Director, and Fredrica Lefthand, Assistant Project Director, will be making the presentation at the NACNEP meeting on April 8th and will have a question and answer period following the presentation. Of the 70 work-force diversity programs currently funded by the Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the CO-OP program was selected as Exemplar in the Nursing Workforce and Diversity program.

The National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice is a federally mandated advisory group that makes recommendations and advises the Division of Nursing, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Congress on policy matters arising from the administration of Title VIII, the Public Health Service Act. The Council (NACNEP) is considering nursing workforce issues at this April meeting along with violence and improved safety in nursing education and practice settings and in the workforce. NACNEP is very influential in advising on policies that involve nursing. There will be congressional staff present to hear about the success of programs that have received federal health and human services dollars for nursing education.