Dr. Lisa Eichelberger (Peachtree City), Clayton State University’s College of Health
dean and Clayton State professor, serves as co-director for Georgia’s new “Future of Nursing State Implementation Program” (FNSIP) grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Eichelberger serves along with Dr. Aimee Manion from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. The $225,000 grant was announced on Mar. 21, 2013 to be awarded to the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition (GNLC). Georgia is one of 20 states to be awarded in the $3 million initiative of FNSIP.
The State Implementation grant is a two-year grant that is awarded to state-based Action Coalitions, such as GNLC, that have developed or made considerable progress in implementing the IOM recommendations. To ensure success, the grant also calls for states to obtain matching funds.
With this grant the GNLC, which includes more than 300 healthcare leaders from 70 cities across Georgia, plans to focus on doubling the number of nurses with doctorates by 2020 and building an infrastructure to collect and analyze nursing workforce data.
The Future of Nursing
program is implemented to help prepare states nursing professionals in order to tackle the nations pressing healthcare challenges of access, quality, and cost. The program reinforces efforts of the Future of Nursing: “Campaign for Action”
that is underway in 50 states.
The “Campaign for Action” is a joint initiative of AARP and the RWJF to implement the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. The effort hopes to transform health care through nursing and meet the challenges stemming from an aging and more diverse population. “The Campaign for Action” provides a vehicle for nurses to voice opinions about change and improve patient care by collaborating with business, consumer, and other health professional organizations.
“This grant is designed to spur progress in Georgia, which already is doing impressive work to transform nursing education, practice, and leadership,” says Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF, senior adviser for nursing and director of the Future of Nursing: “Campaign for Action.” “The Foundation is committed to helping states build a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce that will improve health outcomes for patients, families, and communities.”