Arizona

The Future of Nursing Arizona Action Coalition is transforming health care through nursing in our state. Understanding that Arizona has specific health care challenges and needs, we are working with diverse stakeholders to create and model innovative solutions with nurses leading the way.

Education

If nurses are to be as effective as possible in helping to provide high-quality patient care in Arizona, they will need to be better prepared as care becomes more complex and moves into the community.

Progress

Arizona will advance pathways for a diverse nursing workforce to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression, ensuring that nurses can deliver high-quality, patient-centered.  Visit http://www.futureofnursingaz.com/  to learn more.

Leadership

Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions. Faced with Arizona’s significant health care challenges, nurses at all levels must step up, and contribute their valued perspective.

Progress

We understand that communicating the value of nursing leadership and building allies are critical to providing opportunities for nurses to take on leadership roles. At the same time nurses must develop leadership competencies, and identify opportunities to contribute their value. We will engage Arizona’s nurses at all levels to train and provide them with opportunities to lead.  Visit http://www.futureofnursingaz.com/ to learn more.

Practice

In our large rural state, access to quality health care is challenging. So it is important that Arizona’s nurses practice to the full extent of their education and training. Many current  state laws support this, however, institutional barriers still exist.

Progress

We are implementing strategies that improve patient access to health care services by leveraging  partnerships with key stakeholders. With this network, our goal is to drive the necessary changes to regulatory and institutional barriers to ensure nurses’ ability to provide care across the Arizona.  Visit http://www.futureofnursingaz.com/  to learn more.

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, and across all health care settings.

Progress

We are building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice. Visit http://www.futureofnursingaz.com/  to learn more.

Diversity

Arizona’s population is becoming increasingly more diverse, and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics.

Progress

We will work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population, while also looking to other successful programs as models for implementation. Visit http://www.futureofnursingaz.com/  to learn more.

Data

Effective deployment of the health care workforce requires information – data to tell us what kind of health providers we will need and with what skills. Yet major gaps exist in the workforce data we now have.

Progress

We are exploring partnerships and examining models from other states to develop a plan for data collection in our state. Once developed, we will work to promote data-driven policy decisions that improve health care for patients and families in Arizona.  Visit http://www.futureofnursingaz.com/  to learn more.

 

leadership

Marie Fredette, Executive Director, Arizona Association for Home Care

Pamela Randolph, Associate Director Education and Evidence Based Regulation, Arizona State Board of Nursing

Robin Schaeffer, Executive Director, Arizona Nurses Association

Greg Vigdor, Executive Director, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association 

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