Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Campaign To Expand Role of Nurses
On Tuesday, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched a new initiative that aims to implement recommendations from a recent Institute of Medicine report calling for expanding nurses' scope of practice, Modern Healthcare reports.Â
The campaign was launched at a national nursing summit held in Washington, D.C., and draws on findings from "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," which was compiled by the Committee on the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, a team of health care industry leaders, nurses and physicians who studied nursing advancement across two years.
In its recommendations, the committee urged states and the federal government to eliminate barriers that narrow advanced practice nurses' scope of practice (Carlson, Modern Healthcare, 11/29).
The campaign will work closely with AARP and five states -- California, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey and New York -- which will host pilot programs to advance nursing-related issues at the local, state and national levels (RWJF release, 11/30).
Local Leaders Discuss Strategies
In addition to the national summit, meetings took place at universities, nursing schools and hospitals in about 90 cities and counties nationwide, the Naples Daily News reports.
Attended by leaders in academia, business, government, hospitals and insurance, the meetings focused on strategies for solving the educational, training and practice issues that might prevent the expansion of nurses' roles (Naples Daily News, 11/30).
In California, for example, key state leaders met at the UC-Davis Health System to discuss implementing changes to nursing practice and ways to improve quality of care throughout the health system (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 11/30).
ForÂ additional coverage of the nursing initiative, see today's Capitol Desk post.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.