MA Action Coalition (MAAC)
The MA Action Coalition is part of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide movement to improve health and health care through nursing. The Campaign, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP Foundation, includes 51 Action Coalitions working to implement the recommendations from the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. MAAC is a partnership of the MA Department of Higher Education and the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA and RI.
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.
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.
MA Action Coalition Releases Nursing Core Competencies Toolkit
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).
MAAC Featured in MARN Newsletter
April 11, 2014–In their March 2014 edition, MARN featured an article written by MAAC member Ashley Waddell, entitled, Time to Go Back to School? Massachusetts Action Coalition Works to Improve Academic Progression in Nursing.
"The long-running conversation about academic preparation level of nurses was reinvigorated with the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing; Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010). Right now, approximately 55% of Massachusetts’ nursing workforce holds a BS/N degree or higher. “This is a good starting place, but we have a lot of work to do to get to the recommended level of 80%,” notes Patricia Crombie, MSN, RN, Project Director of Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC)."
Boston, MA–February 21, 2014–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.
Massachusetts Action Coalition Featured in Robert Wood Johnson Publication
The Massachusetts Action Coalition has been featured in the September 2013 issue of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation publication, Charting Nursing's Future. Read how the Massachusetts Action Coalition is advancing Academic Progression through competency-based education. >> Download the full issue (.PDF)
Massachusetts Action Coalition Named Future of Nursing Action Coalition
The Massachusetts Action Coalition 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), to ensure all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. >> Press release
Massachusetts Action Coalition Receives Grant
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. >> Read more
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.
Other Resources -- Summaries of the IOM Report:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, Urges Focus on Nurse Education Progression
Health care organizations, educational institutions and others are looking intently at the case for advancing nursing education as outlined in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. “The Nurse Education Imperative,” a guest editorial by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey in the March 2012 issue of Nursing Outlook, outlines the growing need for nurses educated at the Bachelor of Science in Nursing level and beyond and describes the benefits to health care organizations of supporting education progression. >> Read the editorial
To read the IOM report and learn more about efforts to implement its recommendations, visit www.thefutureofnursing.org