So That a Nurse Is There For You

Dec 28, 2011, 6:00 PM, Posted by Lynn Mertz

As we head into 2012, the Human Capital Blog asked Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) staff, program directors, scholars and grantees to share their New Year’s resolutions for our health care system, and what they think should be the priorities for action in the New Year. This post is by Lynn Mertz, PhD, deputy director, New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI), a project of the RWJF and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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New Jersey’s Action Coalition has gotten off to a great start, taking on four key recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report. They are to: promote nurse leaders; increase the share of nurses with baccalaureate and advanced degrees and transform nursing education to help accomplish that; collect better data to track the nursing workforce; and free nurses, and advanced practice registered nurses in particular, to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

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It is our resolution to continue developing strategies to implement the recommendations for New Jersey. Our ability to make an impact in 2012, coupled with the efforts of the 35 other Action Coalitions around the country, will make a significant contribution toward strengthening the health care workforce, and nursing in particular.

At NJNI in 2012, we will see our second cohort of scholars graduate. It is our resolution—indeed, our mission—that by working with our graduate schools of nursing and our scholars, we will ensure that the state has the highly qualified, diverse nurse faculty that we need to educate the next generation of nurses, so that a nurse is there for you.

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