Initiative on the Future of Nursing

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Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

The ultimate goal of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is to improve how health care is delivered to better meet the needs of all patients. The Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine was tasked with creating a blueprint on the role of nurses in the design and improvement of public and institutional policies at the national, state and local levels.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine was chaired by University of Miami President, Donna Shalala and vice-chair Cedars-Sinai Health System and Research Institute Vice-President and Chief Nursing Officer, Linda Burnes Bolton. For a complete list of committee members and their bios, please visit

The Campaign is designed to create awareness and ensure implementation of key recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

In October 2010, the groundwork was laid for the Regional Action Coalitions (RACs), beginning with California, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, and New York. RACs are organized groups of both nursing and non-nursing leaders and stakeholders working at the local, state, and regional levels to transform health care through nursing by implementing the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. After much success, we are excited to announce the beginning of expansion to the rest of the country. Our goal is to have one RAC in each state by year end.

Applications for selection as one of the next Regional Action Coalition states will be available beginning January 18, 2011. We invite you to visit  to review the application and FAQs. Please be sure to coordinate with other leaders in your state and region – only one RAC will be selected per state.

Applications available: January 18, 2011

Q/A Webinar for applicants: January 28, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

Deadlines for Applications: February 4, 2011

Important Links: (home page)

Regional Action Coalition Workspace Sign-up

Awareness Meeting Toolkit

IOM Recommendations

Regional Action Coalitions (applications)

Transforming care through health information technology: a conversation with Dr. Mostashari