Avera Sacred Heart Hospital named as action coalition

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and Avera Education and Staffing Solutions have been selected as an Action Coalition by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, patient-centered health care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities.

Avera Education and Staffing Solutions is working with the campaign to implement the recommendations of the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

"We are thrilled to add Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and Avera Education and Staffing Solutions to the Action Coalition network," said Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing at RWJF and director of Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. "The Campaign for Action is working at every level to build and sustain the changes necessary to improve health care for all Americans, and we know the contributions of Avera Sacred Heart will be invaluable as we move forward."

Action Coalitions comprised of nursing, other health care, business, consumer and other leaders are the driving force of the campaign at the local and state levels. Comprised of diverse groups of stakeholders, these coalitions capture best practices, determine research needs, track lessons learned and identify replicable models. Examples of accomplishments to date:

·  Texas is collaborating with nursing education leaders to adopt a common menu of core required classes across 106 schools in the state.

· New Jersey is advancing practice by disseminating best practice models that demonstrate the benefits of staff nurses working to the full extent of their education and training.

· Indiana has worked with Indiana University to include interprofessional education into the newly designed curriculum of its schools of medicine and nursing.

· Virginia is advancing nursing leadership by recognizing and mentoring 40 Virginia registered nurses younger than 40 who positively represent and lead their profession.

The campaign seeks active participation from states, national organizations and individuals from health care, business, education, government and philanthropic sectors to ensure that the recommendations are translated into actions that result in improved patient-centered care.  Specifically, the Campaign for Action is working to implement the recommendations of the IOM report with an emphasis on:

·  Strengthening nurse education and training;

· Enabling nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training;

· Advancing interprofessional collaboration among health care professionals to ensure coordinated and improved patient care;

· Expanding leadership ranks to ensure nurses have a voice on management teams, in boardrooms and during policy debates; and

· Improving health care workforce data collection to better assess and project workforce requirements.

For more information about the Campaign for Action go to www.thefutureofnursing.org.

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