Nurse shortage program manager begins work in Larimer County

Caroline Salter

A Nurse Shortage Program Manager has been hired by Larimer County Labor and Economic Development to address the nursing shortage in our area. Carol Salter joins LCEWD as the first nurse shortage program manager. Salter started work on March 31.

The newly created position will help address a severe nursing shortage in northern Colorado. Salter brings 26 years of healthcare leadership experience to this position with a deep commitment to the Northern Colorado region. “I feel so lucky to join Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development to begin working to address the nursing shortage in our area,” Salter said. “The fact that LCEWD has made this a priority and funded this new role shows its commitment to Larimer County and the region.”

The Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership, established in 2013 to promote and improve health in our communities, helped create the new program. Recognizing the need for acute nursing talent, LCEWD received a grant from the Economic Development Administration to fund the position for the next three years. The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce also provided additional resources for the position.

A shortage of qualified nurses is occurring nationwide, in Colorado and the northern Colorado region. The new position will help connect various training institutions to our healthcare system.

“Our region has several initiatives underway to improve economic competitiveness, build infrastructure for economic growth and invest in our workforce,” said Evan Wendlandt, Associate Director of Economic Development for Larimer County. “Bringing Carol Salter to the team will help us identify potential solutions to the nursing shortage and engage our industry partners to identify potential funding streams and opportunities to help find solutions to the shortage. nurses in northern Colorado,” Wendlandt said.

Salter will work with health care partners and community leaders to establish a common understanding of the extent of the nursing shortage in our region and serve as a liaison between LCEWD, the Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership , healthcare providers, accrediting bodies and connected educational institutions. to the nursing profession.

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