Phoenix, Ariz. (March 6, 2012) – The Arizona Action Coalition has been selected as an Action Coalition by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, patient-centered health care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities.
The Arizona Action Coalition will work with the campaign to implement the recommendations of the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The Arizona Action Coalition includes four co-lead coalition members: Arizona Nurses Association, Arizona State Board of Nursing, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and UnitedHealth Group.
“We are thrilled to add the Arizona Action Coalition to the Action Coalition network,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing at RWJF and director of Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. “The Campaign for Action is working at every level to build and sustain the changes necessary to improve health care for all Americans, and we know the contributions of the Arizona Action Coalition will be invaluable as we move forward.”
Since its release in October 2010, the landmark report has made a considerable impact on the way stakeholders are viewing the nursing workforce:
- The report remains one of the most viewed online reports in the IOM’s history and has sparked widespread activity to address the recommendations.
- CCNA, in its role as campaign coordinator, is working with key stakeholders through its Champion Nursing Coalition of 47 national health care, consumer, business and other organizations and Champion Nursing Council of 23 national nursing organizations to implement strategies to advance the IOM recommendations.
Action Coalitions also were announced today in 11 other states:
Alabama, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont. The Arizona Action Coalition joins 36 previously-designated Action Coalitions.
“The expertise of our coalition members and our proven capacity were key factors in being selected,” said Pamela Randolph, co-lead, Arizona State Board of Nursing.
“As a participant in the movement to maximize the contributions of the nurses who deliver health care in our state and nation The Arizona Action Coalition is excited to bring its energy and ideas to this groundbreaking effort.”
Robin Schaeffer, RN, co-lead, Arizona Nurses Association noted that the Arizona Action Coalition plans to focus on the areas of increasing opportunities for nurses to lead healthcare improvement efforts and the establishment of a health care workforce center.
Action Coalitions comprised of nursing, other health care, business, consumer and other leaders are the driving force of the campaign at the local and state levels. Comprised of diverse groups of stakeholders, these coalitions capture best practices, determine research needs, track lessons learned and identify replicable models. Examples of accomplishments to date:
- Texas is collaborating with nursing education leaders to adopt a common menu of core required classes across 106 schools in the state.
- New Jersey is advancing practice by disseminating best practice models that demonstrate the benefits of staff nurses working to the full extent of their education and training.
- Indiana has worked with Indiana University to include interprofessional education into the newly designed curriculum of its schools of medicine and nursing.
- Virginia is advancing nursing leadership by recognizing and mentoring 40 Virginia registered nurses younger than 40 who positively represent and lead their profession.
“Adding this new wave of Action Coalitions represents a major step forward in the campaign’s evolution,” said Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and CCNA chief strategist. The Arizona Action Coalition has already made great strides in Arizona, and their application reflected capable leadership, clear goals and strong action plans.”
The campaign seeks active participation from states, national organizations and individuals from health care, business, education, government and philanthropic
sectors to ensure that the recommendations are translated into actions that result in improved patient-centered care. Specifically, the Campaign for Action is working to implement the recommendations of the IOM report with an emphasis on:
- Strengthening nurse education and training;
- Enabling nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training;
- Advancing interprofessional collaboration among health care professionals to ensure coordinated and improved patient care;
- Expanding leadership ranks to ensure nurses have a voice on management teams, in boardrooms and during policy debates; and
- Improving health care workforce data collection to better assess and project workforce requirements.
For more information about the Campaign for Action go to www.thefutureofnursing.org.
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action envisions a health care system where all Americans have access to high-quality patient-centered care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. The campaign is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and includes 48 state Action Coalitions and a wide range of health care providers, consumer advocates, policy-makers and the business, academic and philanthropic communities.
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