Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Launches National Campaign to Advance Health through Nursing

    • November 29, 2010

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today announced the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which will work to address the increased demand for care by using all the skills, talents, knowledge and experience of nurses. The unprecedented initiative was launched at the National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing, where more than 600 top health leaders from around the country are coming together in Washington this week.

The purpose of the Campaign is to guide implementation of the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, a report already believed to be as profound and lasting as medical education’s Flexner report.

“The Foundation is committed to using the IOM Future of Nursing report as it is intended to be used, as a roadmap for future direction and action,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of RWJF.“We are doing this by convening leaders from all sectors, both public and private to join us as partners in this national movement to make these recommendations a reality.”

Summit participants—including the nation’s top health leaders from government, business, public health, academia and other sectors—will meet to how to move forward with report recommendations pertaining to nursing education, interprofessional collaboration, scope of practice and leadership. Discussions will focus on:

  • Preparing and enabling nurses to lead change;
  • Improving nursing education;
  • Removing barriers to practice;
  • Creating an infrastructure for interprofessional health care workforce data collection; and
  • Fostering interprofessional collaboration.

“This Campaign will transform our nation’s health care system so that all Americans have access to high-quality, patient-centered care where they live, work, learn and play and across the lifespan, "said Lavizzo-Mourey. “This Initiative is vital to the strength of our nation’s health, and will remain so for generations to come.” Sue Hassmiller, RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing, will direct the Campaign for Action.

Additionally, nearly 100 other groups are holding events across the country to advance the recommendations of a recent report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which was released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) October 5.

The campaign will work closely with five states to initiate implementation measures that can be successfully emulated by more states later. The Future of Nursing Regional Action Coalitions (RACs) involved in these pilot programs will serve in long-term coalitions that will be used to move key nursing-related issues forward at the local, state and national levels. The states and some of their affiliated groups are:

  • California—Betty Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis; California Institute of Nursing and Health Care
  • New Jersey—New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; New Jersey Nursing Initiative
  • New York—Institute for Nursing; New York State Workforce Center; New York AARP Executive Council
  • Michigan—Michigan Health Council
  • Mississippi—Mississippi Department of Budgeting and Administration; Nursing Workforce Center

Additionally, RWJF will work in collaboration with AARP to organize a nonpartisan coalition of partners dedicated to advancing the IOM committee’s recommendations. And, in addition to the smmit in Washington, and the RAC areas, nearly 100 Regional Awareness Meetings are taking place at universities across the country today where regional leaders will discuss and incorporate the key tasks reached today with an eye toward improving care in their communities. They will also view the smmit via a live webcast.

RWJF recently launched a new Web site that includes details on the research and data behind the recommendations from the IOM report; ideas, action steps and resources for organizations to become involved; and toolkits and template materials for leaders to advance the recommendations in their communities.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.

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