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New Jersey among 20 state action coalitions to get support from RWJF initiative


The Princeton, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced a $3 million initiative that will help New Jersey and 19 other states prepare the nursing profession to address some of the nation’s most pressing healthcare challenges — access, quality and cost.

The Future of Nursing State Implementation Program aims to bolster efforts already under way in 50 states and the District of Columbia — the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action — to transform healthcare through nursing and meet the challenges stemming from an aging and more diverse population. The Campaign for Action is working to implement the Institute of Medicine’s evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing.

“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,” Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, RWJF senior adviser for nursing and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, said in a news release. “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 as much as $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.

Joining New Jersey as grantee states are Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, 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.

“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 Center to Champion Nursing in America chief strategist, said in the release. “Our hope is that states will get the boost they need to be effective in achieving the triple aim of addressing cost, quality and access.”


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