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Campaign for Action names 21 additional state coalitions

Announcement coincides with release of IOM's 'Future of Nursing' report 1 year ago

Monday November 7, 2011
Susan B. Hassmiller, RN
Susan B. Hassmiller, RN
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Twenty-one state-based collaborations have been added as Action Coalitions by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, bringing the national number to 36.

The groups are coordinated through the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality healthcare, 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 report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."

"We are thrilled to add 21 more states to ... the network," said Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing at RWJF and director of Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.

Since its release one year ago, the report has made a considerable impact on the way stakeholders view the nursing workforce.

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

Action coalitions across the U.S.

Latest cohort of Action Coalitions: 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.

Action coalition states already building teams: California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Utah, New Mexico, Virginia and Washington.