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Oregon Action Coalition Workgroups

The OAC addresses many recommendations in from the IOM report through the work of three main workgroups:

Education Workgroup — Workgroup Co-Leads:  Melissa Jones, PhD, RN, CHPN, COI and Paul S. Smith, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNE

The Education Workgroup is tasked with finding strategies to implement education-related strategies in Oregon as identified in the IOM report. Specifically, the targeted recommendations are:

  • Recommendation 4: Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.
  • Recommendation 5: Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
  • Recommendation 6: Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning

The Education Workgroup created the RN-to-BSN Frequently Asked Questions to help encourage registered nurses to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Members of the Education Workgroup

Leadership Workgroup — Workgroup Lead:  Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, FAAN

The strategic objective of the Leadership Workgroup of the Oregon Action Coalition is to take action against the IOM Recommendations for the Future of Nursing specific to nursing leadership.  These recommendations include:

  • Recommendation 1: Remove scope of practice barriers
  • Recommendation 2: Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts
  • Recommendation 7: Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health

The work of this workgroup is expected to focus on two areas; Advocacy for Advanced Practice, and advancing the position of nurses in policy roles and on boards.

The Leadership Workgroup is currently working on an initiative to encourage nurses to pursue health policy board positions, and recently sponsored an advocacy workshop.

Communication Workgroup — Workgroup Lead:  Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC, OHSU Healthcare

The Oregon Action Coalition Steering Committee formed the OAC Communication Workgroup to raise awareness of the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing’s bold vision for America’s health care system by developing strategies to engage and communicate with nursing and non-nursing partners throughout the state.