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Louisiana gets $3M grant to improve nursing profession

2nd April 2013   ·   0 Comments

The Robert Wood Johnson Foun­dation (RWJF) has announced that the Louisiana Action Coalition is one of only 20 states to be part of a new $3 million initiative, the Future of Nursing State Imple­mentation Program. The program is designed to help states prepare the nursing profession to address the nation’s most pressing healthcare challenges — access, quality and cost.

The program bolsters efforts already underway in 50 states and the District of Columbia — the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action — to transform healthcare through nursing and meet the challenges stemming from an aging and more diverse population. A joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign for Action is working to implement the Institute of Medi­cine’s (IOM) evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. The Campaign provides a voice and a vehicle for nurses at all levels to lead system change to improve care for patients and families by collaborating with business, consumer, and other health professional organizations.

“This grant is designed to spur progress in Louisiana, which already is doing impressive work to transform nursing education, practice and leadership,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF senior adviser for nursing and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. “The Foun­dation is committed to helping states build a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce that will improve health outcomes for patients, families and communities.”

The initiative will provide a $150,000 two-year grant to the Louisiana Action Coalition which is matched by a $150,000 grant from The Rapides Foundation, a health legacy foundation based in Central Louisiana.

“Our focus on meaningful outcomes that will truly transform health care in Louisiana was a key factor in being selected,” said Cynthia Bienemy, Louisiana Action Coalition, co-lead, and Director of the Louisiana Center for Nursing. “We are part of an innovative movement working to shape the future of health care for all Americans. The Louisiana Action Coalition is grateful for this support, which will strengthen our work.”

Denise Bottcher, Louisiana Action Coalition co-lead and Commu­nications Director of AARP Louisi­ana, noted that the Action Coalition plans to focus on advancing the capacity of Adva­nced-Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to meet the healthcare needs of Louisiana residents.

The Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foun­dation, serves as the national program office for the Future of Nurs­ing State Implementation Program.

“This new program will help Action Coalitions get the strategic and technical support required to advance their goals,” said Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and CCNA chief strategist. “Our hope is that with this support Louisiana will be even more effective in improving health outcomes for patients, families, and communities.”

This article originally published in the April 1, 2013 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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