Massachusetts was one of nine states chosen Aug. 20 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to receive a two-year, $300,000 grant through the new Academic Progression in Nursing program.
The states chosen for the grants also include California, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. Each will work with academic institutions and employers on implementing strategies to help nurses get higher degrees in order to improve patient care and help fill faculty and APN roles.
“This grant will support our action coalitions work,” Sharon A. Gale, RN, MS, CEO of the Organization of Nurse Leaders, Massachusetts & Rhode Island, said in a news release. “While Massachusetts is ahead of the curve, there is still much more to do.”
The states also will encourage strong partnerships between community colleges and universities to make it easier for nurses to transition to higher degrees.
“The nation needs a well-educated nursing workforce to ensure an adequate supply of public health and primary care providers, improve care for patients living with chronic illness, and in other ways meet the needs of our aging and increasingly diverse population,” Pamela Austin Thompson, RN, MS, CENP, FAAN, national program director for APIN, CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and senior vice president for nursing at the American Hospital Association, said in the release. “We have great confidence in the nine states that will receive these grants to implement bold and effective strategies that will work in their states and create models that other states can utilize.”
APIN will advance state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce.
The program is run by AONE on behalf of the Tri-Council for Nursing, which consists of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association and AONE, which is leading the Phase I two-year initiative.
RWJF will support an additional two years of work at the close of Phase I to help states that have met or exceeded their benchmarks continue to make progress.