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Update for Iowa Action Coalition 4.6.13

Update for Iowa Action Coalition

April 6, 2013


We’re thrilled to announce that the Iowa Action Coalition was awarded funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the activities of the Nurse Residency Task Force.  The goals of the task force are:

1.)    Create a toolkit for health care organizations to implement their own competency-based nurse residency program

2.)    Create curriculum and online education tools for implementing a competency-based nurse residency program for a statewide cohort of new nurses from critical access hospitals and other small health care providers

Copies of the statewide and national press releases about the grant award are available on the Iowa Action Coalition website at:


National Summit for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

Four members of the Iowa Action Coalition traveled to Washington, DC to join the National Summit for the Future of Nursing on Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2013:

·         Robert Denson, President and CEO of Des Moines Area Community College and member of the Iowa Action Coalition Steering Committee

·         Wendy Gray, Co-Lead of the Iowa Action Coalition and Iowa AHEC Program Office Director

·         Lori Forneris, Chief Clinical Officer at Loring Hospital, Chair of Nurse Residency Task Force and member of RN-BSN Task Force

·         Rita Frantz, Co-Lead of the Iowa Action Coalition and Kelting Dean and Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing

The Iowa team worked side-by-side with action coalition teams from 49 states and DC to develop specific strategies and plans to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”  Materials from the national summit are available at:


Talking Points for Iowa Action Coalition

One of the requests from the Summit of Stakeholders meeting last November was to create talking points that describe the goals of the Iowa Action Coalition.  The co-leads and the Steering Committee worked diligently to create two pages of talking points to help guide communications about the Iowa Action Coalition.  A copy of the talking points are available at:


RN to BSN Task Force

Neal Loes, Chief Nursing Officer for Mary Greeley Medical Center, is chairing the RN to BSN Task Force while Mary Tarbox is on sabbatical.  The task force is working out the details of coordinating admission criteria, prerequisites and co-requisites between community colleges and four year nursing programs.  Examples of states that already have collaborations between community colleges and BSN programs are New Mexico and California.  Information about their plans of study is available at:



Kathryn Dorsey, MBA

Assistant to the Dean

College of Nursing

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 52242-1121

Phone: 319-335-7008

Fax: 319-335-7200

[email protected]