39 states have created nursing workforce centers, varying greatly in their resources and
subsequent approaches and outcomes. Many are non-profit and a primary goal is that of
nursing recruitment. Based upon available resources, other initiatives include research in order
to disseminate successful workforce practices and efforts to recruit and educate nursing faculty.
Some of the states have joined a National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers with the
intent of promoting standardized core nursing supply and demand data sets resulting in a more
coordinated long range plan for addressing the nursing workforce issue.
Some of the Centers are a result of legislation having been enacted. The states in which centers
have been established include: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY,
MD, ME, MA, MI, MS, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, , SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA,
WA, WV, and WI.To access more about the Forum or to connect with the state centers, visit