A New Initiative to Support State Efforts to Transform Health Care through Nursing
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced last week a new $3 million initiative to help states prepare the nursing profession to address our nation's most pressing health care challenges—access, quality, and cost.
The Future of Nursing State Implementation Program will bolster efforts already underway in 50 states and the District of Columbia—the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action—to transform health care through nursing and meet the challenges stemming from an aging and more diverse population. A joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign for Action is working to implement the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. The Campaign provides a voice and a vehicle for nurses at all levels to lead system change to improve health outcomes for patients and families by collaborating with business, consumer, and other health professional organizations.
"This program is designed to spur progress by supporting Action Coalitions, most of which are led by volunteers, that are doing promising work to implement the IOM recommendations," said Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF senior adviser for nursing and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. "The Foundation is committed to providing states with the support they need to build a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce that will improve health outcomes for patients, families and communities."
The initiative will provide two-year grants of up to $150,000 to 20 state-based Action Coalitions that have made substantial progress toward implementing the IOM recommendations. The grants call for states to obtain matching funds.
Grant recipients will work to implement programs that prepare nurses to lead system change, strengthen nursing education, expand access to care by maximizing the use of nurses, recruit and train a more diverse nursing workforce, and improve quality and coordination of health care.
Grantee states are:
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN FOR ACTION
A joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is working to implement the Institute of Medicine's evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. The Campaign includes Action Coalitions in 50 states and the District of Columbia and a wide range of health care professionals, consumer advocates, policy-makers, and the business, academic, and philanthropic communities. The Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and RWJF, serves as the coordinating entity for the Campaign, as well as the national program office for the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. Learn more at www.campaignforaction.org.
James F. Lawrence, Ph.D. APRN BC CHPN CPS FAANP
UAPRN State President