Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant Benefits Nursing Education in Minnesota

Inver Hills Community College is a collaborative partner in MANE, the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education

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Jan. 21, 2014

CONTACT: Faye Uppman, 651-793-1380 • Meredith Courville, 202-434-3881

Minnesota Receives Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Help Lead Efforts to Transform Health Care through Nursing

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Jan. 21, 2014—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that the Minnesota Action Coalition for The Future of Nursing will be part of a $4.5 million initiative—The Future of Nursing State Implementation Program—which is helping states prepare the nursing profession to address our nation’s most pressing health care challenges: access, quality, and cost. RWJF recently announced there are ten states joining the program, which launched with an initial 20 states in February 2013.

The State Implementation Program bolsters efforts already underway in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Known as the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, this work was established to improve health and health care through nursing. A joint initiative of AARP and RWJF, the Campaign is working to implement the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. It provides a vehicle for nurses at all levels to lead system change to improve care for patients and families through collaboration with business, consumer, and other health professional organizations.

“We are confident this grant will help spur progress in Minnesota, which already is doing notable work to transform nursing practice, education, and leadership,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, RWJF senior adviser for nursing and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. “The Foundation is committed to helping states build a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce so that everyone in America can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health.”

Beginning with the Fall Semester of 2014, a collaboratively-developed baccalaureate curricula will be offered through dual-admission between seven Minnesota Community Colleges (Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Inver Hills Community College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Ridgewater College and Riverland Community College) and Metropolitan State University, significantly increasing the numbers of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Minnesota by June, 2017.

The Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and RWJF, serves as the national program office for the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. The State Implementation Program is providing two-year grants of up to $150,000 to a total of 30 state-based Action Coalitions that have developed or made substantial progress toward implementing the IOM recommendations. States must obtain matching funds to receive the grant. In Minnesota, these matching funds were obtained from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) and Metropolitan State University.

“This new program will help Action Coalitions get the strategic and technical support required to advance their goals,” said Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist at CCNA. “Our hope is that with this support, Minnesota will be even more effective in improving health outcomes for patients, families, and communities.”

The Minnesota Action Coalition for The Future of Nursing was established in 2013 as a State Implementation Program and includes representatives from throughout the Minnesota community. “The diverse leadership of our Action Coalition and our focus on meaningful outcomes that improve care were key factors in Minnesota being selected,” said Michele Kimball, Co-Lead, Minnesota Action Coalition, “We are part of a powerful movement that is improving health care for all Americans. The Minnesota Action Coalition is grateful to RWJF for this support, which will strengthen our work immeasurably.”

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Elizabeth Sether, R.N., Co-Lead, Minnesota Action Coalition, noted that while the Coalition is working on a number of IOM recommendations, the RWJF grant will allow Minnesota to put the strongest focus on IOM Recommendation 4: Increasing the number and diversity of baccalaureate- prepared nurses in Minnesota through the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE), which has a mission to increase baccalaureate-prepared nurses through collaborative, transformative, educational strategies.

Beginning with the Fall Semester of 2014, a collaboratively-developed baccalaureate curricula will be offered through dual-admission between seven Minnesota Community Colleges (Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Inver Hills Community College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Ridgewater College and Riverland Community College) and Metropolitan State University, significantly increasing the numbers of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Minnesota by June, 2017. “The MANE model of collaboration to transform nursing education will positively impact Minnesota’s need for baccalaureate nurses prepared to promote health and meet the evolving and complex health care needs of an increasingly diverse population,” stated Faye Uppman, MS, RN, MANE Project Director.

The Minnesota Center for Nursing is also proud to announce the first ever Minnesota Nurse Leadership Summit to discuss the important role of nurses in making health care reform work by leading change to address access, quality and costs. This groundbreaking event will be moderated by Larry Jacobs, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H.Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

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About the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

The Minnesota Action Coalition is part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), working to implement the Institute of Medicine’s evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. The Campaign includes Action Coalitions in 50 states and the District of Columbia and a wide range of health care professionals, consumer advocates, policy-makers, and the business, academic, and philanthropic communities. The Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and RWJF, serves as the coordinating entity for the Campaign, as well as the national program office for the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program.

Learn more at Campaign for Action. Follow Campaign for Action on Twitter and Campaign for Action on Facebook.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care o all Americans. We are striving to build a national culture of he alt that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come.

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About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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To learn more about Nursing and MANE at Inver Hills Community College, contact:

Sue Frosch

Director of Nursing
651-450-3383

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