The Idaho Nursing Action Coalition (INAC) was formed in February 2011 as a voluntary coalition lead by the Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing (IALN) and the Idaho Hospital Association (IHA). It is made up of key partners statewide including nursing, business, government and health policy leaders. INAC’s priorities are focused on improving nursing leadership and collaboration with other healthcare providers, nursing education, and access to care. The goal of this coalition is to improve the ability of Idaho nurses to respond to the health care challenges of the future, and to deliver quality care that is accessible and affordable.
INAC is part of national effort lead by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AARP called the Campaign for Action. The Campaign for Action is a state by state strategy to advance the recommendations of the landmark report on the Future of Nursing released by the Institute of Medicine in October of 2010. All 50 states are now part of this campaign. INAC submits a quarterly update to the Campaign for Action which posts that report on the Idaho landing page on the campaign website.
In February of this year, INAC completed the work of its first Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grant funded project “Advancing Nursing in Idaho to Improve Health”, and began work on its second RWJF grant. The recently completed State Implementation Program (SIP) project had four initiatives: (click on the initiative link for more information)
- New Graduate Residencies: project manager Val Greenspan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Transition to Nurse Educator Role: project manager Jane Grassely email@example.com
- Transition to Leadership Role: project manager Deena Rauch firstname.lastname@example.org
- Barriers to APRN Practice: project manager Julie Marcum email@example.com
The current SIP project “Educating the Idaho Nursing Workforce of the Future” has four goals:
Establish a blueprint (or strategic plan) for nursing education in Idaho that will meet the current and future workforce needs of the state.
- Create resources that facilitate education progression and life long learning among nurses in Idaho
- Complete a full evaluation of the Idaho Nurse Residency Program (INRP) effectiveness and make recommendations for sustainability and scalability, as well as to integrate this program into the transformation of nursing education in Idaho.
- Create specific strategies targeted to increase the opportunities for life long learning among nurses who have been traditionally under-represented populations
INAC convenes interested nurses across Idaho every year in June. At these annual summits, participants help to direct the work of the coming year. During the June 3-4 Summit this year, which was attended by nurses in practice, regulation and education from across Idaho, two strategic goals for nursing in Idaho were articulated:
- Work to achieve the IOM recommendation of 80% BSN by 2020 in Idaho
- Disseminate and work to advance the recommendations of the IOM report on the Future of Nursing broadly across the nursing profession in Idaho
Regional meetings are being planned for the fall of 2015 to design the regional grant supported strategies that will begin to operationalize these goals.
To become part of the campaign in Idaho and join INAC, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-367-1171.