Coalitions moving forward on nursing recommendations

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When the report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health" was released in October 2010 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine, both groups were determined not to let their recommendations simply sit gathering dust. So, soon after the report’s release, the RWJF announced a campaign for action, aimed at guiding implementation of the recommendations, which cover such key topics as improving nursing education; removing practice barriers; fostering interprofessional healthcare teams; and making workforce planning more effective by developing better data collection and a more effective information infrastructure.

The recommendations already are being reviewed by a growing coalition, which includes a broad array of organizations that support and value the nursing profession. The group is called the Champion Nursing Coalition, and the AFT is a member, joining the AFL-CIO, Aetna, Leapfrog, Target and other organizations.

Partnering with the coalition is the Champion Nursing Council, which is made up of a variety of specialty nursing organizations. In January, both the coalition and the council met to identify strategies for implementing the report’s recommendations, and to identify ways in which the two groups could collaborate and share resources. The summarized strategies will be forthcoming. All work will be done on a voluntary, collaborative basis at the state level through regional action coalitions (RACs). California, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and New York already have established RACS, and 10 new RACs are expected to be announced soon. More information on these regional coalitions can be found on the Center to Champion Nursing in America’s website, where you can sign up for e-newsletters and state-based activity updates.

If you want to get involved, visit the RWJF’s Campaign for Action. [Adrienne Coles]

February 15, 2011