New NCIOM Task Force Aims to Bolster NC Nursing Workforce

News | February 21, 2023


Brieanne Lyda-McDonald, NCIOM


Chapel Hill, NC (February 21, 2023) – The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) has launched a new Task Force on the Future of the Nursing Workforce to tackle projected shortages and address challenges within the profession.


The task force seeks to develop a vision for enhancing and supporting North Carolina’s nursing workforce, with a particular focus on licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs). Task force members will meet six times between February and December 2023 to identify specific and actionable recommendations related to:


  • Creative responses to strain in the nursing workforce and projected shortages
  • How the nursing profession can contribute to improved health equity
  • How we can support the current nursing workforce to adapt and thrive in the changing health care landscape


“This is an exciting and crucial time to begin addressing the nursing workforce issues in North Carolina. It is vital that we propose solutions for today's needs, but also for the future as the demand for nursing and health care will grow,” said Ernest Grant, task force co-chair and immediate past president of the American Nurses Association. He is joined by co-chairs Catherine Sevier, retired nurse and president emeritus of AARP NC, and Hugh Tilson, Jr., director of North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).


“These issues have been around for a long time and have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m excited to work with amazing thinkers and leaders to learn from the past while recommending new, innovative, and effective actions to address them,” said Tilson.


The task force is supported by The Duke Endowment, the North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office, and AARP North Carolina. NCIOM task forces produce recommendations on policies, systems, and programs that will support improvement or advancement of the issues being discussed. Responsible parties are identified in all recommendations and might include the General Assembly, state agencies, health care systems, trade associations, university and community college systems, local governments, and the business community.


“This task force comes at an opportune time for North Carolina residents who look to nurses to provide quality health care. The recommendations that will come forth on education, recruitment, retention, and health equity will shape the future of nursing and health care in our state,” said Sevier.


To learn more about the Task Force on the Future of the Nursing Workforce, visit out website:



The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) is an independent organization focused on improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians by providing analysis on the health and well-being of North Carolinians, identifying solutions to the health issues facing our state, building consensus toward evidence-based solutions, and informing health policy at the state and local level. Learn more: