RN Ambassador Program

The United States is projected to have a nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows.

California's nursing shortage is unique in many ways.

  • California has the least number of RNs per 100,000 population in the country.
  • The average age of an RN is 47-50 and may be older in specialty areas.
  • The state's population is concurrently increasing in number as well as the population that is 65 years and older.
  • The nursing workforce does not reflect the diversity of the state.
  • Tecent legislation mandates staffing/patient ratios.

The Coalition for Nursing Careers in California (CNCC) is an independent coalition of health care organizations, hospital administrators, and nurse educators and faculty working together to address the long term nursing shortage in California. CCNC's primary means of addressing the shortage is to recruit students to schools of nursing in order to achieve an adequate and diverse nurse workforce to meet the safety and quality care needs of Californians.

Stanford Health Care (SHC) is a participant in CNCC's RN Ambassador Program. This is an outreach project which invites nurses throughout California to speak to elementary, middle, and high school age students about nursing as a career. Nurses are supported in the development of their presentation through CNCC developed multi-media tools designed to appeal to the age groups represented in the school Clinics.

The program provides the opportunity to demonstrate nursing leadership while raising awareness about the vast opportunities available in all levels of a nursing career. SHC nurses are excellent representatives of the rewarding career of nursing and have enjoyed connecting with the local community as RN Ambassadors.

Participation in the RN Ambassador program is supported by the Professional Nurse Development Program (PNDP). For further information discuss with your manager and email PNDP@stanfordmed.org with any additional questions.

If you are a SHC nurse interested in participating in the RN Ambassador program, please email: ProfessionalGrowthandRetentionCouncil@stanfordmed.org for information.

Sources: www.cncc.org, www.aacn.org