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Launched in 2023, the Kansas Nursing Workforce Center is an inclusive, research-based initiative that convenes key stakeholders, including schools, employers, associations, government and nurses around complex issues.

The COVID-19 pandemic plainly exposed the underlying problems nurses faced in their work. This exposure fueled an urgency for meaningful change in the nursing profession.

Our center uses science and evidence-based practices to examine and provide solutions to the:

  • way nurses lead in all work settings;
  • health and well-being of nurses individually and as members of the care team;
  • approaches health systems use to build, sustain and retain their nursing workforce;
  • best practices for optimal patient care experience; and
  • ways to deliver optimized or new care to patients.

We welcome collaboration with anyone interested in ensuring nurses are equipped and patients are cared for.

Meet our Team

  • Amy Garcia, DNP, MSN, RN, FAAN, Director, Kansas Nursing Workforce Center, University of Kansas, School of Nursing
  • Barbara MacArthur, MS, RN, FAAN, Co-Director, Kansas Nursing Workforce Center, University of Kansas School of Nursing 
  • Sally L. Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Dean, University of Kansas, School of Nursing
  • Barbara Polivka, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Grants and Research, University of Kansas, School of Nursing
  • Shin Hye Park, PhD, RN, Nurse Scientist, Kansas Nursing Workforce Center, University of Kansas School of Nursing 
  • Alexander Alsup, M.S., Data Scientist, University of Kansas Department of Biostatistics and Data Science
  • Amy Curtis, Marketing and Communications Manager, University of Kansas, School of Nursing
  • Kathryn Krueger, MPH, CPH, Administrative Program Manager, University of Kansas, School of Nursing
  • Dinesh Pal Mudaranthakam, Ph.D., MBA, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Data Science 

Official Member of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers

logo for the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce CentersThe Kansas Nursing Workforce Center is a proud member of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers since August 2023.  

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Kansas Nursing Workforce Center

KU School of Nursing
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mail Stop 2029
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-1619 | TTY 711
nursingwill@kumc.edu