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Campaign for Action Announces 21 New Action Coalitions

Publish Date: 9/28/2011

This Monday, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action announced the approval of 21 new Action Coalitions: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. These new coalitions join the 15 existing Action Coalitions located in California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.  

What are Action Coalitions? 

Action Coalitions are a direct outcome of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report. They are made up of varied groups of stakeholders including nurses, physicians, insurers, consumers, business, government, foundations, academia and health systems and are charged with implementing the four key recommendations in the IOM’s Future of Nursing Report: (1) nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training; (2) nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression; (3) nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States; and (4) effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure. The campaign seeks active participation from states, national organizations and individuals from the healthcare, business, education, government and philanthropic sectors to ensure that the recommendations are translated into actions that result in improved patient-centered care.

Why should I get involved? 

As perioperative nursing experts, AORN members are uniquely poised to offer specific implementation support for both new and existing Action Coalitions. It is important to bring the voice of perioperative nursing and patient safety to the tables where vital decisions affecting our healthcare delivery system are being made. Now is the time to get involved and offer your nursing expertise to your state Action Coalition.

How can I get involved? 

There are several ways to get involved whether your state has an established Action Coalition or not. More information on the existing Action Coalition in your state can be found here. Find a listing of Action Coalition leaders to contact here. You can also sign up to lead an Action Coalition, join an existing Action Coalition or receive updates.

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