Two University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members joined UMSON Dean Emeritus Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, at the Campaign for Action Summit 2013 earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, assistant dean for the UMSON program at the Universities at Shady Grove, and Shannon Idzik, DNP, CRNP, CCRN, assistant professor and director of UMSON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, were among more than 250 action coalition members representing 50 states and the District of Columbia. Barbara Nubile, MSN, RN, associate dean, director of nursing, Montgomery College; Sherry Perkins, PhD, RN, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, Anne Arundel Medical Center; and Pat Travis, RN, PhD, CCRP, associate director, Clinical Trials, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Office of Research Administration, also members of the Maryland Action Coalition, were also in attendance.
"The Summit provided critical information and tools that will enable the Maryland Action Coalition to move to the next stage in our development as we work to improve health care in Maryland," Allan said.
Attendees, who included diverse leaders from the fields of nursing, medicine, business, health systems, philanthropy, and academia, gathered to discuss ways of improving health care in their respective states. They sought to accomplish this goal through educating, engaging, and energizing one another with the hope that each action coalition team would leave the summit equipped to implement the eight recommendations outlined in the Future of Nursing Report in new and impactful ways. Members had access to keynote speaker Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and they attended a reception with legislators on Capitol Hill and participated in several exercises that aided in developing a strategy to improve health care.
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a project of the RWJF and AARP, was formed to implement the recommendations of the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change: Advancing Health. Its mission is to ensure that the necessary conditions exist that would guarantee the improved health outcomes of all Americans and provide access to high-quality, patient-centered health care.
In the future, coalition members will seek to develop a two-year strategic plan, a five-year budget, and communications plan; expand and diversify its membership; and establish a state-wide advisory council.