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State program gets $100K nursing grant from RWJ Foundation

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A grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will help New Jersey bolster its nursing workforce and faculty.
A grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will help New Jersey bolster its nursing workforce and faculty. - ()

New Jersey will receive a two-year grant of $100,000 from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative aimed at helping the nursing profession transform health care by addressing the challenges of access, quality and cost.

RWJF said the New Jersey Action Coalition will receive the grant through the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program, a $7.65 million initiative that supports action coalitions in 33 states.

The grant will be augmented with $50,000 in matching funds raised by the coalition.

In New Jersey, the goals of the program include ensuring that the state has a diverse and educated nursing workforce and faculty that are prepared to address the demands for health care in New Jersey.

SIP bolsters efforts underway in 50 states and the District of Columbia, through The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, 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 recommendations on the future of nursing, which include increasing the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees.

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“These grants have proven a wise investment and we are confident that this additional support will lead to even more advances,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing and director of The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. “We are immensely proud of the work our Action Coalitions are doing to transform nursing education and practice, support nurse leadership, and diversify the nursing workforce. RWJF is committed to building a Culture of Health 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.”

All SIP grantees must obtain matching funds and, to date, states with SIP grants have raised more than $8.9 million beyond their RWJF funding.

The $50,000 in matching funding for this grant was provided by New Jersey hospitals that have achieved the status of Magnet hospitals for nursing; the schools of nursing in New Jersey; the Kirby Foundation; Deans Committee of Baccalaureate Nursing Programs; and other private donations.

“We are tremendously proud to be continuing with this program and look forward to doing even more to implement the IOM’s future of nursing recommendations here in New Jersey,” said Edna Cadmus, co-lead, New Jersey Action Coalition. “The work we are doing to transform nursing improves health care for everyone. We are grateful to RWJF for this support.”

The Center to Champion Nursing in America — an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and RWJF — serves as the national program office for the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program.

Susan Reinhard, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist at CCNA, said, “We expect this new funding will help realize our goal — to transform health care through nursing so we can improve health outcomes and well-being for individuals, families and communities.”

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Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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