Opportunities for Impact: Campaign for Action and Nursing Now

The UNC School of Nursing was thrilled to partner with IntraHealth International to cohost a panel discussion on the goals and opportunities for impact of The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and Nursing Now. Dean Nena Peragallo Montano kicked off the May 16 event and welcomed the room filled with nurse leaders, educators, and students.

The discussion was lead by Dr. Sue Hassmiller, senior advisor for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and her talk was followed by an engaging panel discussion moderated by Barbara Stilwell from IntraHealth and featuring Billy Rosa, University of Pennsylvania, RWJF Scholar; Ernest Grant, vice president, the American Nurses Association; and Suzanne Miyamoto, chief policy officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The Campaign for Action is working to transform health and health care through nursing, and build a healthier America. Backed by AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is working in every state to mobilize nurses, health providers, consumers, educators, and businesses to strengthen nursing on multiple fronts. The campaign’s goals are based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.

The three year Nursing Now campaign aims to raise the status and profile of nursing worldwide. With the collaboration of the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, the campaign will work to empower nurses, through investments in education, training and advocacy, to work to their full capacity to address the challenges of health care in the 21st century.

During her presentation, Dr. Hassmiller spoke of the importance of ensuring that nursing voices are present at policy making tables — their insights and perspective are critically important — and it’s through these campaigns that nurse leaders can find their voices.

Among the attendees was NC House of Representatives member Gale Adcock, who reiterated Dr. Hassmiller’s message and reminded us that nurses are uniquely qualified to be policy makers, and the only thing better than influencing the policy makers is being the policy makers.

The UNC School of Nursing and IntraHealth International partnered earlier this year as the US launch site for the international Nursing Now campaign. You can read more about Nursing Now and the February launch here.