Nursing Career Pathways


Nursing Career Pathways
Bringing Partners Together to Meet Demand

Nursing shortages have reached crisis levels after decades of high demand. To help states address this, SREB has worked closely with employers and educators in several states to forge local career pathways. Health care providers, colleges and local school systems, and community leaders came together to streamline everything from credit transfer to job placement.

The goal: Give students a clear picture of how to enter and progress in the profession ─ and prepare them at every stage for what comes next. The pathways include dual enrollment for college credit in high school, plus seamless transition to associate and bachelor’s degrees, and employment along the way as nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses.


Prepping Students for What’s Next in Nursing
Phoebe Partners for Career Pathway in South Georgia

Phoebe Putney Health System has launched a program to get more students into health care jobs and prepare them to continue their education toward higher levels in the nursing career.

When high school students graduate, they will have not only a diploma but also a CNA, or certified nursing assistant credential, plus as many as 30 dual enrollment hours and a year’s experience through a paid internship. It’s a firm foundation to start a career immediately or get a big jump-start on a four-year nursing degree.

With support and guidance from SREB, Phoebe worked with the “4C” Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy, Albany Technical College, Albany State University and the Georgia Department of Education to align education offerings with hands-on skills and critical thinking.

Phoebe press release >


Post October 2020

Jump Starting Healthcare Careers
Wellstar Nursing Career Pathways in Metro Atlanta

Students at three metro Atlanta high schools can jump-start their health care careers through Wellstar’s Nursing Career Pathway ─ while earning their diplomas and preparing for further study in nursing. It begins with rising high school students and continues through dual high school-college credits to certifications and college nursing degrees. 

Blog post Tim Shaughnessy, Developer, Career Pathway Programs of Study

Kentucky Students Can Earn Degree Faster With New Nursing Career Pathway

Most if not all SREB states have a serious, unmet need for registered nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees  — the preferred credential of many health-care providers. Here’s how Kentucky health-care industry leaders and secondary and postsecondary health educators designed a new, 120-credit hour nursing career pathway in a state where the pathway from high school to the BSN could take up to 168 credit hours — 48 costly excess hours.

Publication Tim Shaughnessy Kirsten Ewart Sundell May 201717 pages(17V12)
Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School - Report Cover

Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School
How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway

Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School: How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway describes how SREB spent a year working with a coalition of Kentucky educators and health-care employers to develop a seamless sequence of courses and credentials that help students transition from high school to community and technical college programs, the BSN and employment as nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs).