The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced that 10 additional states will be part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Actions 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 2013. The 10 new states are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.
Grant recipients 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.
The state implementation program supports the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which is underway in all 50 states and aims to improve healthcare by implementing the core recommendations of the Institute of Medicines Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health 2010 report.
A joint initiative of AARP and RWJF, the campaign seeks to put into action the IOMs evidence-based recommendations 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 improve care for patients and families through collaboration with business, consumer and other health professional organizations.
The 20 states that received grants in February 2013 were Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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