To achieve our mission the Rhode Island Action Coalition’s goals are organized into the following working groups, all aimed at significantly improving the quality of care:
Racial and ethnic minorities make up approximately 30 percent of the U.S. population, but just under 15 percent of registered nurses, and just seven percent of RNs are men. It is essential for the Future of Nursing that the nursing population evolves to reflect Rhode Island’s changing population.
Advancing Nursing Practice and Education
Supporting nurses to seek higher levels of education and lifelong learning requires an improved education system. Producing more faculty and researchers and using residency programs for new graduates are specific areas to address. The report calls for increasing the number of nurses with a BSN to 80 percent and double the number with a doctorate by 2020. All health care professionals should practice to the full extent of their education and training. Federal agencies, states and health care institutions will play a critical role in fulfilling this goal.
Advancing Nursing Leadership
Building leadership skills and knowledge in individual nurses and the profession will prepare nurses to seek opportunities to use those skills in partnerships on health care teams and in efforts that improve the delivery of care.
Interprofessional Health Care Workforce Data Collection
Effective workforce planning and policy making require solid, consistent data collection and information infrastructure.
Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration
Nurses should be full partners in redesigning health care in the U.S. Health care leaders need to help expand opportunities for nurses to lead and manage collaborative efforts with physicians and other members of the health care team.
If you or your organization would like to become a member of the Rhode Island Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing.
Or, if you or a colleague would like to participate in one or more of our working groups, you can sign-up here.