| Washington, DC, September 8, 2017 - In 2010, when the Institute of Medicine issued its seminal report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, it set off a scramble of reflection and response, as thought leaders sought to create blueprints for implementing the IOM's calls for change. One result, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, spurred a spate of statewide Action Coalitions determined to craft educational and practice initiatives best suited to local needs to improve patient access to safe, high quality health care.
The successful work of a dozen of the more than 50 such state-based groups, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, is reported in depth for the first time in a special themed September/October 2017 Summit edition of the NLN's research journal, Nursing Education Perspectives. Entitled The Future of Nursing: Progress from State Action Coalitions, it includes 13 reports selected from a crowded field of manuscripts submitted to Drs. Audrey Marie Beauvais and Meredith Wallace Kazer, who had been invited to serve as co-editors. In their Guest Editorial, Drs. Beauvais and Kazar, associate dean and dean, respectively, of the Fairfield (CT) University Marlon Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, write:
When we shared our enthusiasm for this work with Nursing Education Perspectives editor Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick, she agreed that showcasing and disseminating the accomplishments of the state Action Coalitions in a special edition of the journal would be an ideal next step in preparing the nurse of the future... We are so pleased to present the accomplishments of our hard-working colleagues as we gather together to prepare the next generation of nurses to meet the health care needs of the nation.
With colleagues from across Connecticut, they detail their personal involvement with the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition in "After the Gap Analysis: Education and Practice Changes to Prepare Nurses of the Future."
The table of contents reflects several key priorities the IOM identified for nurses to effect sustainable change in the delivery of health care nationwide and maximize patient outcomes: seamless academic progression in nursing; updated core competencies in nursing; and measurable goals rooted on competency-based curricula. In addition to the paper co-authored by the Connecticut contingent, scholars in nursing education from Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Wyoming share their experiences and wisdom here as they advance models they anticipate may be widely adopted.
"Careful reading of this issue tells a remarkable story of collaboration and good will involving academic institutions of all types throughout the United States, in urban and rural areas alike, and how they set about implementing the IOM recommendations, particularly the recommendation that 80 percent of RNs have a BSN by 2020," NLN President Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington, said of the themed NEP edition.
"Leading change and advancing health is the central theme of this issue of NEP," remarked NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. "Many NLN members have worked behind the scenes, in their states' Action Coalitions, to transform nursing education in keeping with local needs and conditions. By tearing down silos and focusing on what nurses need to know, they have helped bring about change and the advancement of health in this country."
Now online with open access on the Nursing Education Perspectives website (www.neponline.net), the September/October 2017 NEP will also be available in print at the 2017 NLN Education Summit in San Diego, CA, September 14-16. Complete Summit information may be found at: http://www.nln.org/conferences/summit-2017/home. Nursing Education Perspectives has been published by Wolters Kluwer Health since January 2016.
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