The Future of Nursing State Implementation Program Focuses on Improved Healthcare through Nursing

The Future of Nursing State Implementation Program is gaining steam, with 30 states now on board to help prepare their nurses to address today’s challenging healthcare changes. This $4.5 million program, which was created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), provides grants of up to $150,000 to state-based Action Coalitions.

The State Implementation Program is designed to bolster improved healthcare through nursing. It also involves collaboration with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), which is aimed at helping nurses improve patient care for the nations’ senior citizens, as well as many other business, consumer and health professional organizations.

State Implementation Program Grants

To join the program, states must agree to match funds provided by the State Implementation Program grants, and grant recipients must be prepared to implement programs that are said to recruit and train a more diverse workforce; improve the quality of healthcare through better coordination; support nursing education; and increase patient’s access to care by better utilizing nurses.

The State Implementation Program will help these state-based Action Coalitions to “get the strategic and technical support” they need to advance their goals, said Susan Reinhard, Vice President of AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

Advancing the Future of Nursing

The Program is designed to address the future of nursing, which includes nurses possessing a higher level of education. State-based Action Coalitions are to serve as vehicles for nurses to lead system change as to improve patient outcomes.

Susan Hassmiller, RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing, said that the Foundation is committed to helping states assemble a more diverse nursing workforce with a higher degree of education. She also said that, with the support of the Coalition grants, the hope of the RWJF is that more states will experience success in improving health outcomes for patients, their families, and their communities.