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Nine States Receive RWJF Grants to Build More Highly Educated Nursing Workforce

Aug 23, 2012, 12:15 PM

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program announced that California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Washington state have been chosen to receive grants to advance state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. Each state will receive a two-year, $300,000 grant. 

The states will now work with academic institutions and employers on implementing sophisticated strategies to help nurses get higher degrees in order to improve patient care and help fill faculty and advanced practice nursing roles.  In particular, the states will encourage strong partnerships between community colleges and universities to make it easier for nurses to transition to higher degrees.

In its groundbreaking report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that 80 percent of the nursing workforce be prepared at the baccalaureate level or higher by the year 2020.  At present, about half of nurses in the United States have baccalaureate or higher degrees.

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Action Coalitions at Work: Hawaii

Oct 15, 2011, 1:00 PM, Posted by mtomlinson

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action has released videos highlighting the goals and the ongoing work of some of its Action Coalitions—state-based collaborations that will help advance the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report. Watch the video of Dale Allison, PhD, APRN, and Mark Forman, MPH, JD, discussing the work of the Hawaii Action Coalition, led by the Hawaii State Center for Nursing and the Hawaii Medical Service Association Foundation.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.