Congratulations to the Idaho Nursing Action Coalition for successfully competing for the State Implementation Project (SIP) grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation! The INAC proposal Advancing Nursing in Idaho to Improve Health has received funding to support progress on two of the IOM report eight recommendations. In January INAC was awarded $150,000 from RWJF, which was matched by $78,000 from supporting Idaho organizations. Press Release
The Idaho Nursing Action Coalition (INAC) was formed in February 2011 as a voluntary coalition lead by the Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing (IALN) and the Idaho Hospital Association (IHA). The goal of this coalition is to improve the ability of Idaho nurses to respond to the health care challenges of the future, and to deliver quality care that is accessible and affordable. It is made up of key partners statewide including nursing, business, government and health policy leaders. INAC's priorities are focused on improving nursing leadership and collaboration with other healthcare providers, nursing education, and access to care. A leadership team coordinates the efforts of these three action teams.
The work of INAC is coordinated by a 10 member leadership team. Three Action Teams focus on education, leadership and access to care. Each team has established goals, action steps and baseline data needs. The Idaho SIP grant provides the resources and personnel to make measureable progress in each of these three areas:
Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership:
INAC will develop a continuum model for transitions into practice available statewide that targets new graduate transition into practice, the transition into a clinical leadership and management role, and the role transition from clinical practice to nurse educator. This goal is designed to improve access to professional development opportunities at key transition times for nurses in rural and urban settings across a variety of career paths that have demonstrated need in Idaho.
The plan includes the development, dissemination and piloting of evidence based curriculum and identification of reasonable and sustainable funding mechanisms for transition resources across the three domains of entry into practice, leadership, and education. It also establishes a framework to increase the communication and cooperation between nursing education and practice in Idaho.
Project Manager: Val Greenspan
Education Action Team co-chairman: Sandie Nadelson, Lori Stinson & (recruiting clincial practice partner)
Leadership Action Team co-chairman: Buffie Main & (recruiting additional co-chair)
INAC will improve patient access to health care services provided by advanced practice nurses in Idaho through the creation of an actionable plan to overcome cultural and statutory barriers that limit APRN’s ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training. The strategic plan focuses on a review of barriers to practice in Idaho that exist in institutional privileging, insurance, reimbursement and business which result in a limitation of access to needed primary care services.
Throuhg a survey of APRN's and their employers in idaho, a comprehensive review of cultural and non-plenary statutory barriers will be completed, followed by an analysis and development of evidence based strategies to systematically overcome these barriers. The plan will establish a longitudinal data base and practice report card, develop marketing strategies and engage the media, and initiate a legislative process if needed.
Project Manager: Julie Marcum
Access to Care Action Team co-chairs: Cherese Serverson & Sandy Evans
To become part of the campaign in Idaho and join INAC, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-367-1171.