The Bluegrass Healthcare Consortium was formed November 2010 by dedicated Human Resource professionals from the Bluegrass Region and is supported by the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board.
Members of the consortium have reviewed by-laws from a similar group in Louisville, identified a vision statement, mission statement, and values.

Mission: Partnering to provide and sustain a sufficient and competent healthcare workforce.

Vision: Driving change in the healthcare workforce.

Values: Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Commitment, and Collaboration (Equity and Integrated).

    The goals of the consortium are to establish a legal entity through a 501(c)3; develop a process in which participating organizations could share employment references; increase collaboration with educational systems to promote healthcare careers, degree programs, as well as anticipate and address future workforce shortage concerns. In order for the Bluegrass Healthcare Consortium to have the impact to obtain its goals, members are seeking formal support from healthcare CEOs throughout the Region.

The consortium believes accomplishing these goals will decrease costs associated with bad hires which could have been prevented with more complete reference information and position the Bluegrass Healthcare Consortium to successfully compete for grant funding which can support its efforts to drive education and training services to better address healthcare worker shortages.

Learn about the Healthcare Consortium's Youth Initiative the Medical Career and Science Institute.

If you would like more information about this consortium please contact us.

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Industry Partnership Grant Awarded!

The Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board (BGWIB) received one of three industry partnership grants awarded by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.  The grants were awarded to industry partnerships that are comprised of a consortium of employer representatives, and where possible, employee associations, organized labor, and representatives from workforce. (Read the full story.)


In an economy that should have stabilized turnover, the RN turnover is 13%, forecasted to rise to 20% (New York University) and hospitals are now reporting “...although staffing seemed flush, we now have push back... and find vacancies are creeping-up due to the naturally returning census, with elevated acuities and to be acerbated by Health Reform...." According to the NLN, "Large nursing shortages are still forecasted as Baby Boomers need more care and 30 million additional people get insurance in 2014. ... When the economy improves a wave of retirements is expected. ... this could be catastrophic for the healthcare system". "... Nursing is dominated by aging boomers who are going to retire, then we are looking at massive shortages;" (Washington Post, June 14, 2010) (Daily Dose July 14, 2010)
According to Prof. Buerhaus of Vanderbilt University, "Moving into the near future... nationally, a very large shortage of nurses..., 300,000 exists ... and that does not account for... the newly created jobs, nor those needed due to Reform. Those are knockout numbers;" that could reach 1.1 million. (HRSA)  "It's enough to do significant interruptions to the healthcare system and potentially even render it inoperable.... New nursing graduates must be kept in the profession through the recession so projected shortages aren't even worse". ((Buerhaus), (USA Today, July 7, 2010)); which may be possible if ithe 37% of GNs who, after only 1-year, are already considering to change professions occurs. (Hodes)  According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, "If the shortage is not addressed, the lack of trained caregivers threatens to flat-line healthcare reform...starting 2014. The number of nurses in the country is projected to begin decreasing after this year." (Dallas Morning News, July 14, 2010)


ANA reports that the US BLS estimates that RNs will have the greatest absolute increase of jobs through 2018.... They project an increase of 582,000 jobs for nurses, a 22% increase... This growth, coupled with aging nurses (40% achieving age 50+ in 2010) and current hidden trends due to the economy, and of nurses retiring or leaving the profession and fewer new nurses, will return the nursing shortage quickly, as the economy improves. HRSA also forecasts a shortage of more than one million nurses by 2020. (ANA Workforce Issues; HRSA, BLS)