Minnesota

The Minnesota Action Coalition is working to transform health care through nursing in our state. Understanding that Minnesota 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 Minnesota, they will need to be prepared for the increased complexity as care moves into the community.

Progress

Minnesota 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, person - directed care and service..  For example, by building on the foundation of past progress in nursing education, and capitalizing on the strong relationships of the Action Coalition’s diverse partners, we are instituting a statewide initiative to increase the numbers of students earning bachelor’s degrees in nursing. Called the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE), the program includes six community colleges and one state university.

Leadership

Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions. Faced with Minnesota’s significant health care challenges, nurses are needed to 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 Minnesota’s nurses at all levels to train and provide them with opportunities to lead through our networks.

Practice

Minnesota’s population is growing, as is the shortage of primary care providers. Yet, laws and regulations in the state that enable nurses to provide more comprehensive care are needed to deliver services to a growing population.

Progress

We are focused on ensuring that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can practice to the full extent of their education and training. To that end, we are implementing a survey to assess the impact of barriers to APRN practice on patients, and we engaged in listening sessions with the Minnesota Board of Nursing to better understand statutory language changes for professional and practical nursing practice.

Interprofessional Collaboration

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

Progress

The Minnesota Action Coalition has a robust network of nearly 200 people from academic partners to health care providers. We continue to build on this network of diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.

Diversity

Minnesota’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

Having implemented a successful diversity conference this February 2012, we look forward to hosting another one next year to identify opportunities to expand knowledge and competencies with diverse populations. 

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 currently are surveying all registered and practical nurses throughout the state to get their feedback on issues vital to nursing. The purpose of the survey is to create a shared vision for nursing in Minnesota that addresses areas such as education, leadership, and interprofessional collaboration.

 

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Elizabeth Sether, President, Minnesota Center for Nursing

Michele Kimball

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