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RWJF announces state funding for Future of Nursing implementation

Tuesday December 10, 2013
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced that 10 additional states will be part of the Future of Nursing’s State Implementation Program, which helps states prepare the nursing profession to address pressing healthcare challenges such as access, quality and cost.

The program launched with 20 states in February. The 10 new states are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.

The State Implementation Program supports the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which is underway in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and seeks to improve health and healthcare through nursing.

A joint initiative of AARP and RWJF, the Campaign is working to implement the Institute of Medicine’s evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing, such as that nurses should achieve a higher level of education and training and should practice to the full extent of their education and training. The Campaign provides a vehicle for nurses at all levels to lead system change to improve care for patients and families through collaboration with business, consumer and other health professional organizations.

The $4.5 million State Implementation Program provides two-year grants of up to $150,000 to 30 state-based Action Coalitions that have developed or made substantial progress toward implementing the IOM recommendations. States must obtain matching funds to receive their grants. The 20 states that received grants in February were Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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 healthcare.

“We are confident that these grants will help spur progress across the country,” Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, said in a news release. “Our Action Coalitions are already doing notable work to transform nursing practice and education, and support nurse leadership. The Foundation is committed to helping states build a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce so that everyone in American can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health.”

The Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and RWJF, serves as the national program office for the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program.

“This new program will help Action Coalitions get the strategic and technical support required to advance their goals,” Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist at the CCNA, said in a news release. “Our hope is that with this support, we will see even more progress, and states will be even more effective in improving health outcomes for patients, families and communities.”

Future of Nursing Campaign for Action: http://campaignforaction.org


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