Arizona Action Coalition (AZAC)

The Arizona Action Coalition was established in March 2012 to guide the implementation of the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report.

Significant Projects Include:

  • A self-study of Arizona’s current nursing climate
  • Aligning nursing curriculum with practice expectations
  • Plan to establish an AZ Healthcare Workforce Center

 APRN Full Practice Authority Sunrise Report

When a profession wishes to expand its scope of practice by introducing a bill to the Legislature, it must first pass a Sunrise Review. Provided here is the Report submitted to the Arizona Legislature and the references used for supporting documentation. Please visit the Top Issues Page of the Arizona Nurses Association Website for more information.

Program Helps Train and Retain New Nurses

Dawna Cato, Co-Lead of the Practice Task Force, speaks about the Abrazo Community Health Network’s New Graduate Development Academy and Residency Program


Co-Lead Organizations



8 recommendations of The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

In 2008, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) launched a two-year initiative to respond to the need to assess and transform the nursing profession. The IOM appointed the Committee on the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, with the purpose of producing a report that would make recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing.


  • Recommendation 1: Remove scope-of-practice barriers.
  • Recommendation 2: Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collabora­tive improvement efforts.
  • Recommendation 3: Implement nurse residency programs.
  • Recommendation 4: Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.
  • Recommendation 5: Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
  • Recommendation 6: Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning.
  • Recommendation 7: Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health.
  • Recommendation 8: Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of inter­-professional health care workforce data.

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