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.
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.
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RWJF Vision We, as a nation, will strive together to build a Culture of Health enabling all in our diverse society to lead healthy lives, now and for generations to come
Nurses make up the largest segment of the health and health care workforce and spend most time with people.
Everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health
Goal: Achieve 80% BSN by 2020 and double the number of doctorates
In 2015 the percent of nurses with bachelors degrees or higher increased from 46% in 2011 to 60% in 2015. (14% increase) The majority community college nursing programs offer concurrent enrollment programs (CEP) with one or more BSN Program (new programs include Central Arizona College and Arizona Western College) Nearly half of nursing students in MaricopaNursing programs are enrolled in the CEP
EPC is a collaborative group of over 165 Arizona nurses from education and practice. It currently consists of representatives from 18 clinical agencies and 20 pre-licensure RN nursing programs. This collaboration between nursing education and nursing practice is essential to improve practice readiness and increased competence of Registered Nurses to meet the quality and safety needs of patients and families.
Goal of Statewide Nurse Residency Program: To promote safe quality patient care by providing best-practice approaches to onboarding new nurses to the practice arena.
Recommendation 1: Remove scope-of-practice barriers.
Full Practice Authority:
Each state must pass their own legislation
The goal of this legislation is to allow Advanced Practice Nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training, which will increase patient accessibility of safe, cost-effective care.
In 2017, two Arizona bills were signed into law;
Legislation for CNSs is anticipated for the 2019 Arizona legislative session.
For a detailed look at the process required to get this legislation passed, please visit the AzNA website's Top Issues page.
Arizona Action Coalition Work:
Recommendation #2: Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts
To recognize nurse leaders within Arizona:
Many nurses do not think of themselves as leaders, yet they are making a significant contribution as a professional nurse in various settings across our state, from rural or reservation care sites, to academia, healthcare facilities and multiple agencies and settings across our communities.
Recommendation #7: Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health.
Interested in Getting Prepared to Serve on a Board:
Communications & Metrics
Nurses on Boards Educational Opportunity
Board Referral Program
Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure.
February 1, 2015 to January 1, 2017
Build upon existing NAHN Leadership Training for nurses and students, teaching Arizona multicultural communities the fundamentals of the Affordable Care Act or other community heath projects