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The Institute of Medicine Study-The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing HealthCalifornia Action Coalition (CA AC)
Initiative on the Future of Nursing
Campaign for Action: To Champion Nursing in America
How to Write and Place an Op-Ed


Update from the California Action Coalition – October, 2013:

The Advisory Committee (reformed in March 2013) identified 5 areas of focus for the CA Action Coalition in 2013:

  • Replicate the Advancing Progression in Nursing Education (APIN) Model
  • Host Innovation Summit
  • Scope of Practice
  • Connect to Consumer Groups
  • Develop New Communications Plan

The APIN grant that California received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF last year accepted the first cohort of students (70) admitted in June 2013.  Based at the School of Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), the program enables students with associate degrees in nursing (ADN) to earn baccalaureate degrees in nursing (BSN) in 12 months.  In addition to boosting the number of BSN-prepared nurses, it also promises to support increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce.  Nurses with ADNs tend to be more diverse than BSN-prepared nurses.  As an example, this year’s first cohort are 28% Latino, 20% Asian, and 10% Filipino.  About 25% are non-native English speakers, and almost 20% are male.

Scope of practice issues are being addressed nationally and in several states individually.  This year 14 states introduced legislation relative to allowing NPs to practice to the full extent of their education and capabilities.  California is one of those. SB491 – Hernandez failed to make it through the legislative process this year. 


Read the Commentary from the President of the IOM and the President/CEO of the RWJF about “The Future of Nursing: A Look Back at the Landmark IOM Report”.

In March 2013, Dr. Donna Shalala, the longest-serving secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that produced the report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”, addressed hundreds of Health care leaders at the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Annual Congress.
See the video of her remarks at:


California Institute for Nursing & Health Care Examines Nurse Roles:
CINHC has released a report entitled the Nurse Role Exploration Project: The Affordable Care Act and New Nursing Roles. This report identifies the top new roles that will emerge for RNs in the era of health care reform. The report was funded by the California Wellness Foundation and is the result of 9 months of research and collaboration with leaders in healthcare across the state. The report is attached for your review along with a Press Release went out on 9.25.13. Please share this information with your nurse colleagues.

RWJF's Sharing Nursing Knowledge:
In the August issue of this publication there is an article about the work of the CA Action Coalition and specifically, the collaborative model of education with the seamless progression from associate to bachelor's degrees for RNs.

The 8 recommendations from the IOM Study are:

  • Remove Scope of Practice Barriers
  • Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts
  • Implement nurse residency program
  • Increase the proportion of nurses with a BS degree to 80% by 2020
  • Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020
  • Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning
  • Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health
  • Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of inter professional health-care workforce data

    To learn more about this important work, visit the following links:

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