Advancing Nursing Practice and Education
All health care professionals should practice to the full extent of their education and training. Rhode Island has a rising need for primary care providers, increasing health care costs, and an aging and sicker population. As the largest proportion of health care providers, the state's 18,000 + practicing nurses are poised to address these demands.
In this envisioned future, primary care and prevention are central drivers of the health care system. Interprofessional collaboration and coordination are the norm. Payment for health care services rewards value - not volume - of services, and quality care is provided at a price that is affordable for both individuals and society.
To fully realize nurses’ potential contribution to a patient-centered, seamless, transformed health care system, the campaign is leading efforts to modernize outdated policies (public and private), change state and federal laws and regulations, and remove cultural and organizational barriers.
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.
Major changes in Rhode Island’s health care system require equally profound changes in the education of nurses. We must improve the nursing education system to ensure that all nurses are prepared to deliver safe, high-quality, patient-centered care in all settings.
We’re seeking advocacy groups, businesses, foundations, healthcare providers, academic institutions, and organizations that recognize the value of building a Culture of Health in Rhode Island. Membership to the Rhode Island Action Coalition (RIAC) means your organization’s committed to work on one or more of the RIAC’s working group endeavors.
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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 for the Future of Nursing will lead the transformation of health care and create a Culture of Health in Rhode Island, using the Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health as a blueprint for action.
All Rhode Islanders will embrace a Culture of Health that empowers everyone to live healthy lives through better care, better outcomes, and reduced cost.