On Oct. 7, the Washington Nursing Action Coalition hosted its statewide conference, Leading Change, Advancing Health, to take action on last year’s groundbreaking Institute of Medicine report, which made key recommendations for the future of nursing in a changing healthcare world.
Nurses, legislators, employers and educators from across the state met to raise issues and engage in dialogue to find solutions to the problems facing Washington’s nursing workforce.
“The relevance of this meeting was its focus on action based on data,” said Linda Tieman, RN, MN, FACHE, executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing. “It recognized that this is not exclusively a nursing issue but one that requires the inclusion of individuals and organizations from a much broader audience.”
The event featured keynote speaker Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, DrPH, FAAN, who gave the national perspective on the challenges ahead and delivered a key message: “The IOM Report is not about nursing but about those who benefit from our services.” Burnes Bolton is vice president and CNO of Cedars-Sinai Health System and vice chairwoman of the Initiative on the Future of Nursing.
Professionals of all areas of nursing led a town-hall conversation about the challenges that arise in their practices and what they need to provide the care Washington’s population needs.Linda Tieman, RN
Participants then engaged in break-out sessions to agree on what they could do to meet those needs. They produced short- and long-term goals and action steps to address the major areas of practice, education, leadership and collaboration.
“This work positioned WNAC to be successful in leading Washington to be the healthiest state in the nation,” Tieman added, “with a nursing workforce being integral to reaching that goal.”
The Washington State Regional Action Coalition is one of 36 such groups in the U.S.
To learn more, visit www.WACenterforNursing.org/current-projects /nurse-of-the-future.