Issues

We're building a healthier
America through nursing.

The Campaign's focus on specific aspects of health and health care is based on Institute of Medicine recommendations.

IOM2010reportOur Roadmap: Read the Report

An Institute of Medicine report two years in the making guides the Campaign in its efforts to build healthier communities through nursing.

The Future of Nursing Report

Our Areas of Work

  • Improving Access to Care

    Improving Access to Care

    Nurses must be allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

    What We are Doing

    Since the Campaign began, nine states have increased consumers’ access to care by removing legal barriers that prevent nurses from providing care to the full extent of their education.

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  • Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration

    Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration

    Nurses must collaborate with advocates in health, business, education, city planning, and more to promote well-being for all in the community.

    What We are Doing

    Health and other professional schools are developing and expanding initiatives that team nursing students and nurses with professionals in multiple fields to improve the delivery of care to consumers.

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  • Promoting Nursing Leadership

    Promoting Nursing Leadership

    For our nation to be its healthiest, nurses should serve in leadership positions.

    What We are Doing

    The Campaign helped found the Nurses on Boards Coalition—19 nursing organizations and AARP and RWJF—with a goal of improving health by getting 10,000 nurses on boards throughout towns and communities by 2020.

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  • Transforming Nursing Education

    Transforming Nursing Education

    Nurses must be prepared to meet increasingly complex health needs in all settings.

    What We are Doing

    The last few years have seen more nurses graduating with a bachelor’s degree and a rise in employed nurses with doctoral degrees. Five education models have streamlined the process of earning advanced degrees.

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  • Increasing Diversity in Nursing

    Increasing Diversity in Nursing

    The nursing workforce should reflect the country’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity.

    What We are Doing

    The number of minority students enrolled in advanced nursing education is increasing, as is the number of men in baccalaureate and graduate courses in nursing.

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  • Collecting Workforce Data

    Collecting Workforce Data

    Accurate, ongoing data collection in all areas is needed to develop the workforce the country needs.

    What We are Doing

    For the first time, national nursing organizations and federal agencies that collect data on the nursing workforce came together to create a plan to harness information about nurses at the state and national levels.

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  • Building Healthier Communities

    Building Healthier Communities

    Nurses help lead the effort to see that everyone lives the healthiest life possible.

    What We are Doing

    Action Coalitions are partnering with schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and others in their communities to drive this movement that places well-being at the center of all aspects of life.

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  • “I believe the future of nursing is the future of health and that future is now. This is the golden age of nursing.”
    —Donna Shalala, PhD
    Chair, Committee on the RWJF Initiative of the Future of Nursing

 

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