The Kansas Action Coalition is working to transform health care through nursing in our state. The coalition is comprised of nursing leaders, as well as stakeholders from business, consumer organizations, and other health care groups.


Multiple entry points in nursing education create diversity in educational background and in skill set for the workplace. Our challenge is to create processes to support seamless progression in nursing education, one that encourages educational advancement and lifelong learning.


Nurses play an important role in health care delivery. Promoting the educational preparation of our nursing workforce is key to advancing health care in Kansas. The Kansas Action Coalition will inform nurses, employers, and consumers about the benefits of advancing nursing education – that of improving patient care outcomes. To that end, we have held multiple state-wide summits, convening educators and practice partners to discuss common issues and goals. Most recently, all levels of nursing education programs agreed to the Kansas Statewide Nursing Articulation Plan for promoting educational advancement. The plan identifies criteria and timelines for articulation across all educational levels, i.e., from practical, to associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing.


Nurse leaders are needed in all areas of nursing practice. The Kansas Action Coalition is committed to working with nurses at the bedside, as researchers, or in boardrooms to develop their potential as leaders in affecting long-term sustainable change.


We have developed a Regional Leadership Partners database, including listings of prominent nursing leaders in each region. The database serves as a means for disseminating leadership and mentorship opportunities and will provide Kansas nurses with opportunities to broaden leadership perspectives and improve leadership skills and competencies. Consumers benefit when nurses take on leadership positions in health care organizations, businesses and in policy development. Nurses comprise the majority of the health care workforce, yet occupy few formal leadership positions in the State. We are challenging Kansas nurses to become active on boards and commissions in health care and other industries. Increasing the numbers of nurse leaders will translate into improved quality and safety of health care in Kansas. The full impact of strong nursing leadership will be felt when nurses are prepared and positioned to assume leadership roles in a diversity of settings.


To practice in Kansas, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) must have collaborative practice agreements with physicians, limiting their ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Transforming health care in Kansas requires reducing these practice barriers.


APRN practice is needed throughout Kansas, particularly in primary care shortage areas where many citizens struggle to gain access to appropriate providers. An alarming 23 percent of our counties were federally designated primary care health professional shortage areas in 2012. The APRN taskforce in Kansas is working to revise scope of practice regulations to allow advanced nursing practice without physician supervision and the Kansas Action Coalition supports this effort. In a recent nursing education and practice summit, participants identified removing scope of practice barriers as one of the top priorities in Kansas.

Interprofessional Collaboration

The challenge of meeting the range of Kansans’ health care needs will require the full contribution of all health care professionals working in concert to improve their own and each other’s performances—and most importantly, the health of our citizens.


The Action Coalition has convened a diverse group of stakeholders who are committed to understanding what each discipline can offer and how to develop successful care teams.


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


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.


The diversity of Kansans’ health care needs require a highly-skilled nursing workforce. Comprehensive data about the numbers and types of professionals is essential to preparing and deploying these providers so that residents throughout the state have access to the care they need.


The Action Coalition has identified and begun work with partners on a proposal, Advancing Health Care Resources in Kansas: Mapping Workforce Data with GIS and Creating an Information Clearinghouse, which is currently being considered for funding. This project would allow for a better understanding of the state workforce and plan for future health care demands.



Cynthia Teel, Nurse Lead, University of Kansas School of Nursing

Victoria Mosack, Nurse Lead, Wichita State University School of Nursing

Mary Carol Pomatto, Nurse Lead, Pittsburgh State University Department of Nursing

Christine Hober, Nurse Lead, Fort Hays State University Department of Nursing

Non-Nurse Lead, University of Kansas Hospital

Jon Teel, AC Program Manager

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