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Nebraska is in the midst of a health care workforce crisis.

According to the Nebraska Center for Nursing, Nebraska will experience a workforce shortage of 5,435 nurses by 2025. Seventy-three of Nebraska’s 93 counties have less than the national average ratio of registered nurses to patients. Sixty-six of Nebraska’s counties have been deemed medically underserved. Nine counties in Nebraska have no registered nurses.

Recruitment and retention of health professionals has long been a persistent challenge for rural providers. This nursing shortage is representative of a larger shortage of health professionals. 

This program will expose students to all the various and unique health professions throughout Nebraska.

The Nebraska Health Careers Pipeline Initiative created a standardized Health Career Pipeline curriculum in grades 3-12 in schools across Nebraska. The goal was to create a pathway so more students are inclined and prepared to select a health focus when they graduate from high school.