Arkansas Responding to Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing Report

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A national Campaign for Action has been developed in response to the Institute of Medicine’s recent report, ‘The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, released in October 2010, which included recommendations for system improvements including proven, solution-oriented ways to address the nursing and nurse faculty shortages in the U.S. The goal of Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is to ensure that all Americans have access to high quality, patient-centered care in which nurses contribute as essential partners in system-wide transformation. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the AARP and the AARP Foundation is authorizing an Action Coalition in each state as part of the Campaign for Action to transform the future of nursing at the state and local levels. Each state can apply to have one state “Action Coalition,” which is a key component of the campaign. The Action Coalitions will be led by nursing and non-nursing leaders, and will include a group of diverse stakeholders from a variety of organizations throughout the state.

The Action Coalition will be asked to set goals in alignment with the IOM report recommendations for system improvements. Recommendations in the IOM report include changes that need to be made at a state and local level. The Action Coalition will mobilize key stakeholders that will educate policymakers and other decision makers.

The first meeting of the proposed coalition will be held on the UAMS Campus on Monday, October 10, 2011 from 11:00am-3:00pm. Letters will be sent to all organizations in Arkansas which represent nurses or are interested in supporting the recommendations in the IOM Report. If organizations do not receive an invitation, but are interested in participating, please contact information to Dr. Cheryl K. Schmidt at

Below are some web sites to review materials to learn more about the campaign and the IOM Report.