Ohio

The Ohio Action Coalition, led by the Ohio League for Nursing and the Ohio Hospital Association, is working to create innovative solutions where nurses are leading the way to address Ohio’s health challenges.

Education

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

Progress
Ohio 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.
 
In June, the Ohio Action Coalition held a meeting on nursing education transformation, gathering 138 participants from nursing practice, associate degree nursing programs, baccalaureate degree nursing programs, the Ohio Board of Nursing, and other stakeholders to learn about four promising models central to the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.  There is a lot of energy around this issue, and a variety of viewpoints regarding the strategies for achieving these goals.

Leadership

Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions. Faced with Ohio’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 Ohio’s nurses at all levels to train and provide them with opportunities to lead. An exploratory discussion group met in February 2012 to identify barriers and possible strategies for overcoming these challenges.

Practice

Ohio’s population is growing, as is the shortage of primary care providers. Outdated laws and regulations must be modernized so that nurses can provide the care that they are educated and trained to deliver. 

Progress
To ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, we will develop strategic partnerships, and identify and learn from states with advanced regulations, in an effort to remove burdensome barriers, and provide high quality health care to patients and families in Ohio. An exploratory discussion group met in February 2012 to identify barriers and possible strategies for overcoming these challenges.
 

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. An exploratory discussion group met in February 2012 to identify barriers and possible strategies for overcoming these challenges.
 

Diversity

Ohio’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. 

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 Ohio. An exploratory discussion group met in February 2012 to identify barriers and possible strategies for overcoming these challenges.

 

leadership

Jane Mahowald, Executive Director, Ohio League for Nursing

Jonathan Archey,  Associate General Counsel and Senior Director of Health Policy, Ohio Hospital Association 

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