Climate of Health Care
The climate of health care is changing in America, though the focus remains consistently on providing high quality, patient centered and affordable care. At the forefront of supporting patient care are our nurses. With greater than three million members, the nursing profession is the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce. Nurses are instrumental to clinical care and the progression of positive outcomes. They have the capacity and potential to lead the transformation that will occur as a result of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the aging population by providing access to health care for more than 32 million Americans. Though they cannot do this alone, nurses need to unite as partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning the culture of health care in the United States.
The Rhode Island Action Coalition (RIAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of advancing the profession of nursing to improve health outcomes for all Rhode Islanders by creating nurse leaders with the skills to catalyze policy, environmental, and systems changes to improve the social determinants of health.
Built upon the findings of the Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health released in 2010, the RIAC was established in 2013 to facilitate state-level action to advance the role of nursing within local healthcare innovations that leverage regional and national best practices and lessons learned.
 The Institute of Medicine has subsequently been renamed the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Our Vision and Values
Rhode Island’s professional nursing workforce leading, as effective agents of change, efforts to transform of our health system and improve the State’s population health on the neighborhood, local, and state levels.
RIAC’s Board of Directors have established and maintains a strong commitment to the following core values pertaining to its work and the professional nursing workforce in Rhode Island:
- Exceptional Practice: Nurses must leverage the full extent of its educational training and scope of practice to provide the highest level of quality care.
- Lifelong Professional Development: Nurses must embrace a culture of continuous learning and leverage local educational institutions as pathways for academic progression.
- Active Interprofessional Leadership: Nurses must lead the redesigning of healthcare, in partnership with physicians, other members of the care team, and patients/caregivers.
- Strong Community Advocacy: Nurses must actively participate in and advocate for policy, system, and environmental changes within their local communities to improve health equity for all patients.