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Coastal Bend Health Education Center to Present Conference On Issues in Nursing Retention

October 16, 2003
Nursing Retention Conference
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
Coastal Bend Health Education Center
Contact: Carol Garcia, Assistant Director (361) 825-2806
or (361) 825-2809
Coastal Bend Health Education Center to Present Conference On Issues in Nursing Retention
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s Coastal Bend Health Education Center is sponsoring a conference, Management Leadership in a Complex Health Care Environment: Retention Implication, on Thursday, October 23, 2003 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The conference will be held at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center, 402 Harbor Drive, in the Corpus Christi–Kleberg Room, and will feature Reuben McDaniel, Ed.D., and Ruth Anderson, R.N., Ph.D. The cost of the conference is $25. Interested persons should call 825-2866 or 825-2808 for more information.
The conference will concentrate on retention in the workplace by presenting new ideas about management practices. Speakers will discuss the effect of management practice in the retention of nurses and health care professionals. Specific management practices that relate to nursing retention and managing health care organizations will be addressed. Speakers and other VIP’s will take questions from the media.
This program is being held in response to a growing nursing shortage problem.
In 2000, the national supply of registered nurses was estimated at 1.89 million, while the demand was estimated at two million – a shortage of 110,000, or six percent. This shortage is expected to grow to 29 percent by 2020, if not addressed and if current trends continue.
Dr. Reuben McDaniel, from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, teaches courses in Management of Complexity and Information and Knowledge Management. He has conducted studies in a wide variety of health care settings. His present research interest is in management of complex adaptive systems, with a particular interest in organizational designs and information systems for more effective decision-making.
Dr. Ruth Anderson, associate professor and director of the master’s programs in Nursing & Health Care Leadership at Duke University School of Nursing, is nationally recognized for her research on the outcomes of management practice in health care organizations. Much of her research has focused on nursing homes.
The Coastal Bend Nursing Consortium is a representative group from area academic institutions, health care providers and community organizations that serve as an advisory group to identify the needs of the community in addressing the shortage of nurses. The Coastal Bend Nursing Consortium’s major recruitment initiative, the formation of Future Nurses Clubs, has been very successful. The Consortium is now highlighting the importance of retention of nurses and health care professionals in the workplace through education.
Established in 1999, CBHEC is an affiliate of the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center in College Station. CBHEC delivers health education programs to the greater Coastal Bend region. CBHEC is funded through the Texas Legislature as well as by private support from area health care systems and industry.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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