March 6, 2012

With 48 State Action Coalitions, Campaign Bolsters Nationwide Network

WASHINGTON (March 6, 2012) – Twelve new state-based collaborations have been named Action Coalitions by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, patient-centered health care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. Action Coalitions work with the campaign to implement the recommendations of the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The coalitions are comprised of nursing, other health care, business, consumer and other leaders across the country.

"With this announcement, we are thrilled to have Action Coalitions in nearly every state," said Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and director of Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. "The Campaign for Action is working in states and at every level to build and sustain the changesnecessary to improve health care for all Americans."

Since its release in October 2010, the IOM report has made a considerable impact on the way stakeholders view the nursing workforce:

  • The report remains one of the most viewed online reports in the IOM's history and has sparked widespread activity to address the recommendations.
  • CCNA, in its role as campaign coordinator, is working with key stakeholders through its Champion Nursing Coalition of 47 national health care, consumer, business and other organizations and Champion Nursing Council of 23 national nursing organizations to implement strategies to advance the IOM recommendations.

Action Coalitions announced today include:

Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont.

They join 36 others previously designated by the campaign, for a total of 48 states across the country.

Action Coalitions are the driving force of the campaign at the local and state levels. These groups capture best practices, determine research needs, track lessons learned and identify replicable models. Examples of accomplishments to date include:

  • Texas is collaborating with nursing education leaders to adopt a common menu of core required classes across 106 schools in the state.
  • New Jersey is advancing practice by disseminating best practice models that demonstrate the benefits of staff nurses working to the full extent of their education and training.
  • Indiana is working within Indiana University to include interprofessional education into the newly designed curriculum to be used by a number of its health profession programs, including the schools of medicine and nursing.
  • Virginia is advancing nursing leadership by recognizing and mentoring 40 Virginia registered nurses younger than 40 who positively represent and lead their profession.

"Adding this new wave of Action Coalitions represents a major step forward in the campaign's evolution," said Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and CCNA chief strategist. "They have already made great strides in their states, and their applications reflected capable leadership, clear goals and strong action plans."

The campaign seeks active participation from states, national organizations and individuals from health care, business, education, government and philanthropic sectors to ensure that the IOM recommendations are translated into actions that result in improved patient-centered care. Specifically, the Campaign for Action is working to implement the recommendations of the IOM report with an emphasis on:

  • Strengthening nurse education and training;
  • Enabling nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training;
  • Advancing interprofessional collaboration among health care professionals to ensure coordinated and improved patient care;
  • Expanding leadership ranks to ensure nurses have a voice on management teams, in boardrooms and during policy debates; and
  • Improving health care workforce data collection to better assess and project workforce requirements.

“This effort builds on RWJF’s longstanding commitment to improve health care by supporting and helping to bolster the nursing workforce,” said Hassmiller. “Through the tremendous work of these Action Coalitions, the country is poised to implement the IOM report recommendations which will advance the nursing profession’s success in providing better health care for all Americans in a transformed health care system.”

For more information about the Campaign for Action go to  www.thefutureofnursing.org.

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The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action envisions a health care system where all Americans have access to high-quality, patient-centered care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. The campaign is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and includes 48 state Action Coalitions and a wide range of health care providers, consumer advocates, policy-makers and the business, academic and philanthropic communities.