WCNHCP Named Future of Nursing Action Coalition

October 13, 2011

The Wyoming Center for Nursing and Health Care Partnerships (WCNHCP) has been selected as an Action Coalition by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA).

An initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the CCNA strives to ensure all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities.

The WCNHCP, which includes the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing at the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Nurses Association, the Wyoming Hospital Association and other state agencies, will work with the campaign to implement the recommendations of the 2010 landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."

"We are thrilled to add the WCNHCP to the Action Coalition network," says Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at RWJF and director of Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. "The Campaign for Action must work at every level to build and sustain the changes necessary to improve health care for all Americans, and we know the contributions of the WCNHCP will be invaluable as we move forward."

Adds Mary E. Burman, dean of the UW nursing school, "We have a very strong and diverse partnership focused on enhancing the health of those who live in Wyoming. As a participant in the movement to maximize the contributions of the nurses who deliver health care in our state and nation, WCNHCP is excited to bring its energy and ideas to the groundbreaking effort."

Burman and Brad Westby of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services will serve as co-leads for the Action Coalition in Wyoming.

Action Coalitions are the driving force of the campaign at the local and state levels. Comprised of diverse groups of stakeholders, the coalitions capture best practices, determine research needs, track lessons learned and identify replicable models.

"The Wyoming Center for Nursing and Health Care Partnerships has already made great strides in Wyoming, and their application reflected capable leadership, clear goals and strong action plans," says Susan Reinhard, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and CCNA chief strategist.

For more information about the Campaign for Action, go to www.thefutureofnursing.org.

To learn more about the WCNHCP, call Matt Sholty at (307) 766-6715, email msholty@uwyo.edu or go to www.wynursing.org.

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