Preparing nurses to lead change and advance health policy in Nebraska while increasing the percentage with baccalaureate degrees, 2013-2015

The Foundation's initiative, Future of Nursing: State Implementation Program, was designed to support implementation by Campaign for Action Coalitions of recommendations from the Institute of Medicine report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."This project will implement two recommendations of the Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health including: (1) increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020; and (2) preparing and enabling nurses to lead change to advance health. This will be accomplished by: (1) initiating a targeted media campaign discussing the benefits of BSN education for nurses and employers; (2) collaborating with the Nebraska Assembly of Nursing Deans and Directors to implement competency-based curricula for seamless progression to the BSN; (3) working with employers to decrease barriers and increase incentives for advancing nursing education; and (4) determining the number of nurses currently serving on professional, community, health and civic boards and decision-making bodies. By the end of 18 months, competencies will be developed and approved by education regulatory bodies; partner schools will develop a competency integration plan; baseline nurse membership on boards will be established and increased; an online repository for leadership development resources will be completed; and a mentorship program for nurses will be developed. Deliverables include quarterly reports showing progress toward designated benchmarks and outcomes; ongoing engagement and leadership in the Campaign for Action online community as evidenced by at least one posting per week; an annual report at the end of each year of the grant; and a final project report demonstrating lessons learned and outcomes of the project.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $150,000.00

Awarded on: 2/1/2013

Time frame: 2/1/2013 - 1/31/2015

Grant Number: 70707


Visiting Nurse Association

12565 West Center Road, Suite 100
Omaha, 68144-3810


Victoria L. Vinton
Project Director