Nebraska and several other states are forming Action Coalitions made up of private partners to institute changes and mobilize nursing and non-nursing organizations to improve health care and better meet the need of patients. Dr. Sue Hassmiller was involved in the report and is the director and senior advisor of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and an alum of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Nursing and tells us the report shows nurses can do so much more than take temperatures and vital signs.
Dr. Hassmiller says nurses have ideas on how to improve healthcare and how to deliver better patient care but are often not asked to the table for discussions. This report shows how to engage nurses and use their education, experience and knowledge.
Dr. Hassmiller says this is not a replacement for a pharmacy, social worker or a physician but nurses do have much more contact with patients and their opinions should matter as they can provide valuable information regarding care.
Dr. Hassmiller says nurses should be able to do a lot more than what they are allowed to do right now especially since we have such a huge health care shortage, especially in rural areas.
The Action Coalition hopes to have all 50 states supporting this effort by January.