In 2008, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and theInstituteofMedicineof the National Academies (IOM) launched a two-year initiative to respond to the need to assess and transform the nursing profession. The IOM appointed a “Committee on the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing”, for the purpose of producing an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing. Through its deliberations, the committee developed four key messages that were delivered on October 5, 2010 inWashingtonDC:
- Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
- Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
- Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in theUnited States.
- Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure (IOM, 2011).
Arizona has a rich legacy of collaboration between nursing practice, education, and regulation to promote effective health care. Local nursing leaders from all walks of nursing met to conduct an analysis of the State of the State regarding each recommendation and advance form an Arizona Action Coalition that would be recognized by the RWJF/AARP Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA). Completed in December 2011, this Self Study Analysis has become the foundational and guiding resource for the work of the Arizona Action Coalition. Shortly after, the Arizona Action Coalition website was launched with sponsorship and support of the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
Following completion of the Self Study Analysis, the nurse leaders who authored the report then secured affiliations with the Arizona Hospital Association and Optum Health Care (a division of United HealthGroup) and received official designation as a State Action Coalition by the RWJF/AARP Center to Champion Nursing in America on March 12, 2012. This section describes our structure, the IOM Future of Nursing Report and provides access to our self-study.