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


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


Oklahoma 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 care.  We are  developing a state-wide preceptor education model, including an online learning component to assist nurses and facilities with their transition to practice.


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


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 Oklahoma’s nurses at all levels to train and provide them with opportunities to lead. 


Oklahoma’s population is growing, as is the shortage of primary care providers. We must ensure that laws and regulations support nurses to provide the care that they are educated and trained to deliver. 


We are working to educate a variety of stakeholders—including physicians and consumers—about barriers that may restrict access to high quality health care for patients and families in Oklahoma.  We will continue to build partnerships to remove these barriers and ensure timely access to care.

Interprofessional Collaboration

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


We will build partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.


Oklahoma’s population is becoming increasingly diverse; many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce 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 looking to successful programs as models.  


Effective deployment of the health care workforce requires information and 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.


We are working to build a centralized repository for health care workforce data from across professions and industries.  Once developed, we will work to promote data-driven health care workforce policy decisions that ultimately improve health care for Oklahomans. 



Jane Nelson, Oklahoma Executive Director, Nurses Association/Oklahoma Nurses Foundation

Jim Durbin, Executive Director, Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center


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