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Pennsylvania Action Coalition Promotes PA Nurse Residency Collaborative Work

April 14, 2017

During 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report entitled, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which included eight recommendations designed to transform nursing roles, responsibilities, and education to ensure that nurses were prepared to lead change under the federal health reform law.

A campaign coordinated by the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) was implemented to establish action coalitions across the nation that would support the goal to implement the IOM’s recommendations. CCNA was established through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), AARP and the AARP Foundation.

The National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), based in Philadelphia, manages the Pennsylvania Action Coalition. Barbara Wadsworth, senior vice president/chief nursing officer at Main Line Health and a HAP board member, represents HAP on the coalition’s board. 

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition’s board met recently and it was reported that the collation has achieved positive progress on its focus to:

  • Increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses through seamless articulation models
  • Increase the diversity of the nursing workforce
  • Develop nurse residency programs throughout the state

Most notable is the PA Nurse Residency Collaborative work that allows any hospital in the state to access the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) national RN Residency Program at a discounted rate. Additionally, there is a team of individuals sharing their residency work and helping others to get started.

HAP supports the improvement of the state’s health care delivery system by enabling nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training and to enter into leadership roles to help with health care system innovation. 

HAP will continue to work with the coalition and keep members informed about key issues. Questions may be directed to Mary Marshall, HAP’s director, workforce and professional development.

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