New Website Offers In-Depth Information, Opportunities to Engage, as the Nation’s Nursing Workforce Prepares to Meet Emerging Challenges

    • October 11, 2012

Washington, D.C.–Today, as it begins its third year and intensifies its on-the-ground work, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is launching a new website – A joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign is working to transform health care through nursing. As the largest segment of the health care workforce and the professionals who spend the most time with patients, nurses bring essential experience and insight to efforts to improve access and quality and lower health care costs. The new website supports the Campaign for Action’s work to promote nurse leadership in health care delivery and policy, nurse academic progression, and interdisciplinary collaboration in both education and practice.

By connecting the network of diverse national and state partners the Campaign has established, including “Action Coalitions” working in 49 states, the website supports the Campaign’s work to improve the ways nurses are educated, trained and practice. It offers continuously updated news and information on nursing and health care to visitors new to the issue. 

“The campaign’s new website and online community serve as a gateway for state Action Coalitions to collaborate with nationally recognized partners and colleagues across the country,” said Patricia Polansky, director of policy and communications at the Center to Champion Nursing in America, which coordinates the Campaign for Action. “It is the hub for connecting with others across the country and building on the growing momentum to truly change health care through nursing.”

The new website offers:

·         An online community featuring active discussion and information-sharing to bring together people who want to advance the Campaign for Action’s work.

·         Information on the more than 80 health care, nursing, business and consumer organizations that share the goal of transforming health care by focusing on nursing.

·         Background on the Campaign’s framework and information on its progress to date.

·         State pages showcasing the work of each state Action Coalition.

·         Evidence that describes the research and analysis upon which this work is grounded, much of it from the Institute of Medicine.

The new online community also offers opportunities for people to showcase their work and share the latest news; webinars hosted by leading experts across health care, business and government; discussions; a listing of Campaign for Action events around the country; and opportunities to ask questions and find resources and tools.

The Campaign provides a voice and vehicle for nurses to lead and manage system change and to ensure patients get the care they need when and where they need it.

Learn more and join the effort by logging onto


About the Campaign for Action
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action envisions a health care system where all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. The campaign is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and includes 49 state Action Coalitions and a wide range of health care professionals, consumer advocates, policy-makers and the business, academic, and philanthropic communities.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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 health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve

comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 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. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter or Facebook

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.