Coalition for Nursing Equity and Excellence

Minnesota State and the University of Minnesota are leading a collaboration to reimagine nursing education and address the growing shortage of nurses in Minnesota. The Coalition for Nursing Equity and Excellence (CNEE) works with every school of nursing in the state, health care providers and others invested in improving health care in Minnesota to increase enrollment in nurse education programs at all degree levels, expand equity in the nursing workforce, and increase the success of nursing students.



  • Employers cannot find enough nurses.
  • Nursing programs cannot find enough faculty.
  • Healthcare systems are paying top dollar for nurses, taking away funds for increasing care.
  • Nursing workforce lacks diversity which is contributing to health inequities.
  • Clinical sites cannot take more students, barring increases in program enrollment.

Nursing workforce is in dire need

▪ There are not enough clinical learning opportunities to raise enrollment levels.
▪ There are not enough nursing faculty to raise enrollment levels.
▪ There is not enough simulation capability to raise enrollment levels.
▪ There are not enough qualified students to raise enrollment levels.

Stakeholders Connected to Coalition

  • American Organization for Nursing Leaders (AONL)
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Anoka Technical College
  • Associate Degree – Practical Nursing Directors of Nursing
  • Association of Nigerian Nurses in Minnesota
  • Augsburg University
  • Bemidji State University
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota
  • Care Providers of Minnesota
  • Central Lakes College
  • Century College
  • Children’s Minnesota
  • Concordia College, Moorhead
  • Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Essentia Health
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
  • Gundersen Health System
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Health Education and Industry Partnership Council
  • Hennepin Technical College
  • Inter Faculty Organization
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Lake Superior College
  • LeadingAge Minnesota
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minneapolis College
  • Minnesota Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Minnesota Black Nurses Association
  • Minnesota Board of Nursing
  • Minnesota Center for Nursing
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota Home Care Association
  • Minnesota HOSA – Future Health Professionals
  • Minnesota Hospital Association
  • Minnesota North College
  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing
  • Minnesota Simulation for Healthcare Education Partnerships (MnSHEP)
  • Minnesota State
  • Minnesota State College Faculty
  • Minnesota State College Southeast
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead
  • Minnesota State HealthForce Center of Excellence
  • Minnesota West Community & Technical College
  • Normandale Community & Technical College
  • Northwest Technical College
  • Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)
  • Pine Technical & Community College
  • Ridgewater College
  • Riverland Community College
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Saint Paul College
  • Sanford Health
  • South Central College
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • St. Cloud Technical & Community College
  • State of Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Board
  • The Clinical Coordination Partnership (TCCP)
  • Tribal Colleges in Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Northwestern – St. Paul
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Winona State University


Predicted demand
growth for RNs annually


Annual decline in
newly licensed LPNs


Minnesota has 75k fewer
workers since the pandemic


Healthcare openings increased
by 37%, 2019 to 2021