In October 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued its landmark report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
This report serves as a blueprint for preparing nurses to best meet the needs of increasing numbers of patients and the increasing cost of healthcare. Every state has been challenged to join the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to advance the IOM report across the nation. Nurse leaders in Georgia have risen to that challenge.
Georgia Nursing Summit
On February 4, 2011, health care leaders gathered in Atlanta for the Georgia Nursing Summit to kick off the Campaign for Action in Georgia, an unprecedented initiative to transform the nursing workforce to meet the health care challenges that confront Georgia. This summit was part of the national Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action initiative launched in November 2010 by RWJF to guide the implementation of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing report.
The Georgia Nursing Summit included more than 350 health care leaders from 70 cities across Georgia. The participants—who come from government, business, academia, public health, and other sectors—identified strategies to implement the recommendations outlined in the Future of Nursing report in Georgia.
Over a couple of months, more than $15,000 was raised to support the meeting which included over 400 attendees.
8 taskforces were formed to address Georgia’s response to the 8 IOM recommendations.
The Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition (GNLC) was formed, consisting of volunteers from practice, education, professional organizations and advocacy groups. Members met regularly to move action areas forward.
Additional Georgia volunteers participated in strategic planning to identify a structure that was sustainable for our state.
In 2011, Georgia received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) designation as a state Action Coalition.
The GNLC successfully lobbied for and received $27,000 in that year’s state budget directed to aligning the nursing workforce survey with recommended national data points to more effectively describe the Georgia nursing workforce.
GNLC worked to address the need for more nursing residency programs in small hospitals throughout Georgia.
GNLC initiated a survey with plans for meeting the goal of 80% BSN nurses by 2020.
Groups have been organized to advance the IOM recommendations and broaden the support for nursing initiatives in the state.
GNLC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The GNLC is one of only 20 states to be part of the new $3 million Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative, the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program (SIP). The program is designed to help states prepare the nursing profession to address our nation’s most pressing health care challenges: access, quality, and cost. In February 2013, the GNLC was awarded a 2-year grant of $150,000 as part of this program.
As part of the SIP grant, the GNLC is working on doubling the number of nurses with doctorates by 2020 and creating an infrastructure to collect and analyze data about the healthcare workforce in Georgia. However, the GNLC is also working on leadership, removing scope of practice barriers, implementing nurse residency programs, and increasing the percentage of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020.
Georgia had to raise matching funds of $75,000 in order to apply for the RWJF SIP Grant. With the help of the following organizations and individuals, we reached our goal!
School of Nursing Donors: $26,300
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Clayton State University School of Nursing
College of Coastal Georgia
Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Georgia Health Sciences University College of Nursing
Georgia State University Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions
North Georgia College & State University School of Nursing
Shorter University School of Nursing
Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
University of West Georgia
Valdosta State University
Health Care Systems: $200
Colquitt Regional Medical Center
Other Organizations: $9,550
Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Georgia Hospital Association
Georgia Nurses Association
Georgia Nurses Association Athens Area Chapter
Georgia Nurses Association Northwest Metro Area
Georgia Nurses Association Southern Crescent Chapter
Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Epsilon Chapter
TGA Communications LLC
Nearly 40 nurses from Georgia have donated to this campaign. Their gifts range from $25 up to $1,000.
Safiya George Dalmida
Dian Dowling Evans