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Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN)

Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) is a grant initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Tri-Council and administered by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).  Nine state Action Coalitions, including the Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC), are working with their partners to accelerate implementation of promising practices that will help states achieve our goals of seamless academic progression and increasing the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees to 80 percent by 2020. Developing innovative strategies with community colleges, universities, and practice partners will ensure that the nursing workforce is prepared to deliver high-quality patient care across all practice settings.

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Massachusetts Coalition Receives 2nd $300,000 Grant to Advance Nurse Education and Build More Diverse Nursing Workforce

BOSTON – July 31, 2014 - Massachusetts is one of nine states awarded a $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to create a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. This is the second RWJF grant, part of its national Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative, to support Massachusetts' efforts to make it easier for current and future nurses to advance their education to the BSN or higher degree.

… During the two-year grant period, Massachusetts and the other states will develop sustainability plans to ensure that the work to promote seamless academic progression for nurses in their states will continue beyond the grant period. During Phase II, each state also will develop a robust diversity plan and focus on academic-practice partnerships to expand and support the work to date.

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PRINCETON, NJ – July 28, 2014 -The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that nine states have been awarded $300,000 grants in Phase II of its Academic Progression in Nursing program (APIN). APIN is advancing state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. It is run by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) on behalf of the Tri-Council for Nursing, consisting of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association, and AONE, which is leading the four-year initiative. “Action Coalitions” in all nine states that were part of Phase I of the program have met or exceeded their benchmarks, and are receiving funding to continue their work for two additional years. Funding to the states over the four years will total $5.4 million.

The states receiving Phase II APIN grants are California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington state. The grants will allow them to continue working with academic institutions and employers to expand their work to help nurses in their states get higher degrees, so they can be essential partners in providing care and promoting health, as well as more easily continue their education and fill faculty and primary care nurse practitioner roles. The Action Coalitions in all these states have been encouraging strong partnerships between community colleges and universities to make it easier for nurses to transition to higher degrees.

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MA Action Coalition Releases Nursing Core Competencies Toolkit As Part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing Grant Program

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The Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC) has released “The Massachusetts Nursing Core Competencies: A Toolkit for Implementation in Education and Practice Settings,” a new resource guide designed to help facilitate the implementation of Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies© (NOFNCC). The toolkit includes a description of the 10 competencies and the value of each in context of curriculum/practice and features distinct learning activities for both settings with questions for reflection. Published in August 2010, the NOFNCC have gradually been integrated into nursing education programs and practice settings here in Massachusetts and in other states. Use of competencies serves as a foundation for all levels of academic progression. This highly-anticipated toolkit will enhance those efforts.

Please use the links below to download both the full toolkit and the accompanying press release.

>> Download the toolkit (.PDF: 2MB)
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MA Board of Higher Education Supports New Nursing Compact, Endorses Effort to Streamline Student Transfer to Four-Year Programs

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The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) is taking steps to make it easier for nurses to pursue advanced degrees, with the goal of improving patient outcomes across the Commonwealth. On January 28 the BHE endorsed a new Nursing Education Transfer Compact developed by the Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC), a partnership between the Organization of Nurse Leaders of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The goals of the Compact are to provide a “seamless, cost effective, timely and transparent pathway” from community college nursing programs, where students earn Associate degrees in nursing (ADN), to state universities and UMass campuses, where they can earn Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing (BSN). Eligible students are those who have completed an ADN at a Massachusetts community college, passed the NCLEX-RN exam, and completed the requirements of the MassTransfer program, which allows students to transfer general education credits.

>> Download the Nursing Education Transfer Compact (.PDF)
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New RN to BSN Program Attracts UMass Memorial Nurses; Commissioner Freeland, President Maloney Celebrate Program’s Success

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Massachusetts Action Coalition Featured in MARN

The Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses' publication, Massachusetts Report on Nursing, featured the article "Nursing Transfer Compact for Massachusetts Nurses" in their September 2013 issue. The article highlights MAAC's work on facilitating seamless academic progression in nursing through creating a Nursing Education Transfer Compact. Click the link below to download the article.

>> Download "Nursing Transfer Compact for Massachusetts Nurses" (.DOC)
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Massachusetts Action Coalition Receives RWJF Grant Award

BOSTON – Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today announced Massachusetts has received a $300,000 national grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help current and future nurses seeking to advance their academic preparation within the nursing profession. This funding will enhance the Patrick-Murray Administration’s overall plan to support jobs, education and workforce development and helps to address the growing demands and challenges of the health care environment currently facing the country.

Massachusetts is one of nine states chosen to receive a $300,000 grant to support academic progression in nursing. The funds will support the Commonwealth’s efforts in partnership with the Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL), to pursue effective strategies in nursing education. Currently, 55 percent of Massachusetts nurses hold Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or above. A 2010 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), recommended that 80 percent of nurses be educated at the BSN level or higher. >> Read press release External link

PRINCETON, NJ – Monday, August 20, 2012 - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced nine states that have been chosen to receive two-year, $300,000 grants through its new program, Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN). APIN will advance state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. >> Read press release External link

The Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC) was pleased to be a recipient of this prestigious award which recognizes the accomplishments of the Nursing and Allied Initiative and our nursing community since 2005. The MAAC application targeted 3 goals with strategies that will create accelerated pathways for nurses to achieve higher levels of education, promote the use of Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies©, and address the faculty shortage issue.

The grant announcement was unveiled at a State House event on August 21, 2012.

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For more state and national APIN information, updates and publications, visit APIN's page on the Campaign for Action website: Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN).

For background information regarding the Institute of Medicine’s "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." the MA Action Coalition, and details of the APIN grant, please see this PowerPoint presentation.


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