I am asking your assistance to share this white paper on the important value of community college nursing education with your college President, Dean, and other contacts.
The white paper, supporting the importance of community college nursing education, has been in development for the past year after a very important meeting in Washington DC on April 11, 2013 when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) convened an unprecedented meeting that brought together diverse leaders from community colleges around the country, the Tri-Council for Nursing, and RWJF’s Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative, which is fostering collaboration between community colleges and four-year university nursing programs to promote seamless academic progression for nurses. The meeting was organized to address concerns in the community college community about the recommendation in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, that 80 percent of the nation’s nurses attain Bachelor of Science in nursing or higher degrees by the year 2020.
The paper was released April 11, 2013, which reports on the proceedings of that meeting, including participants’ shared goal to ensure that community colleges continue their invaluable work to educate a new generation of nurses and diversify the nursing workforce; and to give all nurses opportunities to be lifelong learners who are well-prepared to provide high-quality care and promote health.
The paper includes an addendum that provides news and information about how nursing, health, education, government, business, and other leaders in nine states have made exciting progress in the last year in support of seamless progression for nursing students, as well as for nurses already in the workforce who wish to continue their education.
The paper is extremely supportive of community college nursing programs and I ask your assistance in the dissemination of the paper. Please share with your College President, as well as others. We need to get this paper as widely distributed as possible.