The Alaska Nursing Action Coalition will be part of the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced in a news release. The $4.5 million initiative is designed to help states prepare the nursing profession to address pressing healthcare challenges including access, quality and cost.
RWJFs December announcement named 10 states that are joining the program that launched with 20 states in February 2013. In addition to Alaska, grants were announced in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.
The ANACs RWJF State Implementation Program grant is for $150,000 over two years. The Rasmuson Foundation, a private family foundation based in Alaska, provided the required 50 percent match.
The ANAC will use this grant to focus on leadership, diversity and scope of practice within Alaskas nursing community by engaging with nurses across the state through mentoring programs and a leadership academy, Patricia Dooley, RN, BSN, ANACs steering committee co-leader, said in the news release. Ultimately, we will establish the Alaska Center for Nursing Excellence, which will serve as a virtual catalyst for growth and excellence in the profession of nursing.
The State Implementation Program is designed to bolster efforts to improve health and healthcare through nursing. Efforts already are underway in 50 states and the District of Columbia through the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and RWJF.