The Idaho Alliance Of Leaders in Nursing is a charitable organization with a mission to “support nursing scholarship and the accurate collection of nursing workforce data. This is accomplished by collaborating with public and private partners to focus support for nursing workforce advancement”. IALN grants scholarships and collaborates with key community partners to collect and disseminate nursing workforce data.
In January 2004, Idaho nursing history was made as two long standing nursing membership organizations merged: the Idaho Commission on Nursing and Nursing Education and the Idaho Organization of Nurse Executives combined forces to establish the newly incorporated Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing (IALN) which was organized as a 501c3 charitable organization. The Vision of these nurse leaders was for IALN to be “the driving force for excellence in nursing”. As a membership organization which brought nursing leaders from education, practice, research and industry to address workforce issues, IALN administered over $1 million in Hospital Allocated Funds which provided scholarships and awarded grants for projects focusing on recruitment, retention and education of the nursing workforce. The funds also were dispersed as individual nursing scholarships for assistance with undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education. IALN also provided leadership conferences, and managed a Nurse Refresher Program.
At the direction of its Board of Directors, IALN sought the approval of its membership in 2009 to create an additional organization which would be better positioned to be a stronger voice for nursing leadership in Idaho. In July of 2010, Nurse Leaders of Idaho (NLI) was incorporated as 501c6 organization. NLI and IALN are complementary nursing leadership organizations which work side by side to meet the needs of nursing and nurse leaders in Idaho. They share a common staff, board and office, but they serve different purposes and perform distinctly different functions. NLI offers its members educational opportunities, nursing workforce and health policy advocacy, networking and professional development opportunities and career services.
With the establishment of the Nurse Leaders of Idaho, IALN re-focused its vision on “Advancing Idaho’s Nursing Workforce”. Its bylaws, amended in July 2010, state that its mission is to “support nursing scholarship and the accurate collection of nursing workforce data. This is accomplished by collaborating with public and private partners to focus support for nursing workforce advancement”. IALN grants scholarships and collaborates with key community partners to collect and disseminate nursing workforce data.
In 2011, IALN and the Idaho HospitalAssociation together became the co-leads of the Idaho Nursing Action Coalition (INAC). The coalition was formed as part of a national initiative in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP to respond to the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change to Advance Health.