Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN) Makes 11 New Investments

    • August 30, 2011

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) today announced 11 new grants as part of Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future (PIN), a multi-year, multi-million dollar national investment in America’s nursing workforce to prepare them with the skills needed to serve an older and more diverse population. The program supports the capacity, involvement and leadership of local foundations to advance the nursing profession in their own communities.

“All health care is local, and nurses are the cornerstone of our health care system. We need community solutions that address the challenges facing a changing health care system and that utilize local and regional experience,” said Judith Woodruff, J.D., director of workforce development at the Northwest Health Foundation and program director for Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future. “Through PIN, local philanthropic foundations act as catalysts to develop and execute strategies needed to build a highly skilled nursing workforce—enabling us to test innovative ideas locally and share them nationally.”

This marks the sixth year of PIN funding. The program invests in local partnerships, leveraging the $14 million in grants by RWJF with more than $14 million in matching funds. There are over 220 funding partners including private foundations, hospitals and health systems, workforce investment agencies, economic development programs, banks, private industry and individuals. The new funding creates a new total of 61 PIN projects in more than 37 states and collectively, collaborating with more than 500 partners.

The goals of the 2011 partner projects are closely aligned with the recommendations of the recent Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The projects include efforts to transform nursing education, encourage workforce racial, ethnic and gender diversity, and to develop nurses as leaders in health reform.

“As the Baby Boom generation enters retirement years and more people get access to health insurance, the demand for health care—and for the nurses and other health professionals who provide that care—will rise,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., senior advisor for nursing, and director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Nurses are essential partners in achieving a health care system in which all Americans have access to high quality, patient-centered care. The PIN program fosters the innovation required to prepare the nursing workforce for the health care challenges of the 21st Century.”

The local partnerships that are part of Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future are a diverse group with a wide range of program initiatives, but with a shared understanding of the importance of nursing to their communities. Partners funded today are:

1. Arkansas Community Foundation (Arkansas)
Planning for Workforce Development in Geriatric and Long-Term Care in Arkansas will improve the educational preparation of registered nurses caring for frail older adults, promoting a seamless academic progression for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and to specialize in the care of the older adult.

2. Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (Illinois/Iowa)
Academic Pathways and Leadership in Nursing seeks to create a sustainable regional collaboration to increase educational capacity and support for BSN completion, enhance nurse leadership competency and investigate increased capacity for doctoral level nurse education in northwest-central Illinois and eastern Iowa.

3. Con Alma Health Foundation (New Mexico)
New Mexico Nursing Diversity Partnership will work to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce in New Mexico by supporting the development of Hispanic and Native American nurses including additional education and training to improve practice and leadership skills.

4. Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation (New York)
Long Term Care Leadership Academy will be established at the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing to expand programming and training in long-term care to all nursing students and long-term care nurses in the Rochester region.

5. Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence at the Jewish Communal Fund (New York and North Carolina)
RIBN Expansion in New York City and North Carolina will expand the RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) model, an educational track that joins community college nursing programs with four-year programs to provide seamless academic progression between AAS and BS degrees in nursing.

6. Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation (Massachusetts)
Care Transitions Education Project (CTEP) will prepare and empower nurses to be more effective care transition leaders in the state and demonstrate nurse-lead quality improvement in care transition practice and work processes that result in positive change.

7. Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (Virginia)
Partnership for Progression: Inspiration for Aspirations will establish sustainable partnerships between and among educational institutions and their community partners to create seamless academic progression for nurses to transition from associate’s degree to baccalaureate programs and to increase local investment in local nursing workforce efforts.

8. The Rogosin Institute / Dreyfus Health Foundation (New York with U.S. Pacific Islands)
Expanding PIN Synergy in the Pacific will strengthen the nursing education infrastructure in the Northern Pacific region though partnerships, utilizing the participative Problem Solving for Better HealthTM approach, and will also support leadership development for nursing faculty.

9. The Faye McBeath Foundation (Wisconsin)
Workforce Data and Mental Health Redesign: Nursing’s Voice will create a new, replicable model of workforce data collection and analysis to better project the skills needed in nurses of the future, and in particular to identify the nursing workforce needs in mental health services in Milwaukee.

10. Tufts Health Plan Foundation (Massachusetts/Rhode Island/New Hampshire)
Building a Regional Institute for Inter-Professional Education will support the development of a regional learning community linking Inter-Professional Education (IPE) partnerships, including nursing, medicine, pharmacy and social work across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

11. Wyoming Community Foundation (Wyoming)
Nursing Education and Leadership in Wyoming will transform nursing education in the state through a shared, competency-based curriculum and will promote leadership development for nurses at all levels in a variety of settings, including isolated rural nursing.

For more information about Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future, visit www.partnersinnursing.org.


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. Helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in our lifetime.

Founded in 1997, Northwest Health Foundation seeks to advance, support and promote the health of the people of Oregon and southwest Washington. We achieve our mission through a variety of means, including grantmaking, technical assistance and training, convening, commissioning research and supporting policy advocacy. We seek to better identify opportunities to leverage our investments, sustain meaningful relationships and promote genuine collaboration and partnership. www.nwhf.org.