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Campaign for Action Names 21 New State Action Coalitions


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October 3, 2011 - Twenty-one state-based collaborations have been named Action Coalitions by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality health care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. Action Coalitions work with the campaign to implement the recommendations of the 2010 landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

"We are thrilled to add 21 more states to the Action Coalition network," said Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior advisor for nursing at RWJF and director of Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. "The Campaign for Action must work at every level to build and sustain the changes necessary to improve health care for all Americans."

Since its release one year ago, the landmark report has made a considerable impact on the way stakeholders are viewing the nursing workforce:

• As of June 2011, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health became the most viewed online report in the IOM's history. And it has sparked widespread activity to address the recommendations.

• CCNA has convened stakeholders through its Champion Nursing Coalition of 48 national non-nursing organizations and Champion Nursing Council of 27 national nursing organizations to develop strategies to implement the IOM recommendations.

• In less than a year, groups have coalesced in nearly every state to respond to the IOM recommendations. Thirty-six states have campaign-designated Action Coalitions comprised of nursing and non-nursing leaders banded together to implement the IOM report recommendations.

Action Coalitions announced today include: Arkansas, Delaware Georgia, Hawaii ,Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

These states join the 15 current Action Coalition states already building teams and moving to action: California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Utah, New Mexico, Virginia and Washington.

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

• Connecticut has secured funding for simulation labs and is developing common curriculum and articulation agreements.

• Florida is promoting educational transition partnerships.

• Indiana has included interprofessional education into the newly designed curriculum of its schools of medicine and nursing.

"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 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.

"The Campaign for Action was developed to realize a vision of improved health care for all Americans," said Hassmiller. "The support demonstrated by the creation of Action Coalitions all across the country shows the energetic commitment that is propelling this effort."

At the national level, the campaign has sparked major efforts. Examples include:

• States will start collecting, analyzing and publishing nursing workforce data. In accordance with IOM recommendations, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers agreed to jointly collect nursing workforce data from states in 2012. Using the Forum's national Minimum Nurse Supply Dataset, the development of which was funded in part by the Center to Champion Nursing in America, NCSBN and the Forum will collaboratively gather and analyze the data, and publish a report slated for tentative release in early 2013.

• The American Association of Colleges of Nursing announced a new collaboration with the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence to enhance efforts to increase the number of doctoral prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools.

• Additional allies who publicly support the report and its recommendations include Aetna, American Red Cross, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, National Medical Association and the World Health Organization.

• RWJF, in collaboration with other funders, has launched a research initiative to identify, generate, synthesize and share evidence essential to implementing the recommendations outlined in the report. This multi-funder initiative is designed to increase and focus national attention on a common research agenda tied to the IOM recommendations and to facilitate and coordinate funding activity across a range of sources.

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

Source: Center to Champion Nursing in America