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Action coalition aims to ensure Massachusetts RNs have a voice

Having recently formed, the Massachusetts Action Coalition has planned an ambitious agenda while looking forward to helping transform healthcare.

Citing the Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” report findings that more nurse education can lead to better patient outcomes, academic progression and increasing the number of baccalaureate nurses are among the coalition’s priorities. The coalition also plans to build on existing education programs in Massachusetts.

“Nurses are key members of the healthcare team, and they should be full partners with physicians and other disciplines,” said Kevin Whitney, RN, MA, NEA-BC, president of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and associate chief nurse of patient care services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Implementing the recommendations allows nurses in all roles to improve quality of care and access for our patients.”

Accomplishments for the coalition in 2011 include disseminating IOM report findings and educating key stakeholders about the report’s eight recommendations for nursing, said Whitney, whose organization is one of the co-leads of the coalition, along with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. That critical dialogue and dissemination will continue in 2012, he said.

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