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    • October 5, 2010

Since its inception in July 2009, the Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine has worked to develop a blueprint for using nurse-led models of innovation to improve the health care system. This blueprint is presented through the recommendations in the report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."

These recommendations address a range of system changes, including innovative ways to improve health care quality and address the health care work force shortage that continues to threaten the availability and quality of care in the United States. The next step in addressing these changes to the system is to take action.

Fill out the survey to stay informed or get involved with the implementation activities of the "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."

In particular, IFN seeks individuals and organizations who might be willing to play a role in awareness meetings and regional action coalitions.

Awareness Meetings are regional/state/local meetings held in conjunction with the IFN National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing on November 30, 2010. The meetings will include a live webcast of the National Summit and will allow time for discussion about the recommendations. These meetings will provide an opportunity to engage a broader group of nurses/nursing leaders and other key stakeholders in IFN implementation efforts. (Note: A toolkit will be available for awareness meeting hosts and more information will be available in the near future. For updates, please continue to visit www.thefutureofnursing.org.)

Regional Action Coalitions (RACs) will be the driving force of the overall IFN effort by moving key issues forward at the local, state and national levels. RACs will be built for long-term, sustainable action in a given community, state, or region to effect long-term change in moving the recommendations into action. RACs will be made up of a diverse group of stakeholders from a variety of sectors whose mission will be to develop an issue strategy plan that will be the basis for coalition implementation efforts. (Note: More information will be available in the near future. For updates, please continue to visit www.thefutureofnursing.org.)