Or con­nect with local resources. Bouve Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston is among six local nursing schools that par­tic­i­pate in the North­east Region VA Nursing Alliance (NERVANA), devel­oped by two nearby hos­pi­tals. It hopes to increase recruit­ment and reten­tion of nurses and clin­ical fac­ulty and encourage prac­ticing nurses to advance their education.

I’ve cre­ated col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­grams my whole career that were shared between two to three uni­ver­si­ties,” says Carole Kenner, nursing school dean at Bouve. “The key is col­lab­o­ra­tion these days and being inno­v­a­tive on how you work together. We cannot afford to be in competition.”

The school cur­rently has vacan­cies in one clin­ical and two tenure track posi­tions. As part of a uni­ver­si­ty­wide mar­keting cam­paign imple­mented five years ago, the nursing school began pro­moting its own ben­e­fits last year. Its mes­saging focused on how the school is beefing up its research, has added four tenure track posi­tions, is sur­rounded by pre­mier hos­pi­tals and big name schools, and that because of its in-​​house struc­ture, fac­ulty can easily work across disciplines.

Regard­less of geog­raphy, Kenner says nursing schools can actively pro­mote their strengths. As for col­lab­o­rating with other schools or health care facil­i­ties, she adds, “That’s where the added-​​value comes in.”

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