News Release: School of Nursing , Woodruff Health Sciences

Oct. 11,  2011

Georgia Named an Official Future of Nursing Action Coalition To Ensure High-Quality, Patient-Centered Health Care for All

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Georgia has joined 36 states in being named Action Coalitions by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AARP and the Center to Champion Nursing in America. The initiative aims to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality health care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities.  Regional or state-wide action coalitions work with the campaign to implement recommendations of the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

"Becoming an action coalition is the first step to ensuring that Georgia’s nurses can provide patients with greater access, higher quality and more cost-effective care," said Linda McCauley, PhD, dean of Emory University’s School of Nursing and member of Nurses for a Healthy Georgia. “Nursing education and practice must be nimble if we are to meet the growing needs of the aging Baby Boomers and the millions of new patients who will have access to health care because of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.” 

Georgia's nurses have been collaborating on this effort since last February when they organized the Georgia Nursing Summit, an event that attracted more than 350 health care leaders to Atlanta to plan implementation of the IOM report. Following the summit, Nurses for a Healthy Georgia was formed to advance health care changes at the local, regional, and statewide levels. Nurses for a Healthy Georgia is comprised of nurses from every facet of health care including leaders from the Georgia Nurses Association, the Georgia Hospital Association, and several nursing schools across the state.

"The work of the Georgia Action Coalition will be critical in bringing nurses together to improve the health of all Georgians," said Denise Flook, director of workforce development and infection prevention at the Georgia Hospital Association and member of Nurses for a Healthy Georgia. "Our work will increase access to safe, quality care, as well as ensure a well-educated nursing workforce to meet these needs."

The Campaign for Action  seeks active participation from 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. The campaign 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 in Georgia go to www.nursesforahealthygeorgia.org.

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Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is a collaboration created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP Foundation to ensure that all Americans have access to high quality, patient-centered care in which nurses contribute as essential partners in system-wide transformation.

Action Coalitions are convened to advance the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.  Comprised of diverse groups of stakeholders at the state level that can effect long-term sustainable change, Action Coalitions will further the overall effort by capturing best practices, determining research needs, tracking lessons learned and identifying replicable models.



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