To address the four key issues and eight recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing report, leaders from across the state of South Carolina (SC) have come together to collaborate and develop an implementation plan. The South Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership and the South Carolina Hospital Association are the co-leaders for the newly selected SC One Voice One Plan, AARP/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (SC OVOP AARP/RWJF) Action Coalition and will facilitate moving this campaign forward. This executive summary provides an overview of the campaign initiatives and current implementation activities.
In 2006, nursing leaders came together to discuss strategies to address the nursing shortages being experienced in clinical and academic settings – realizing that the faculty shortage was the lynchpin for not being able to accept more qualified students into nursing programs. This was true in South Carolina and across the country. Working together, the South Carolina Critical Needs Nursing Initiative Act was enacted into law in July 2007, addressing factors to ease the faculty shortage and encourage nurses to earn advanced degrees. While mostly unfunded, this legislation served as the framework for other initiatives focused on scholarship and stipends, faculty development around simulation technology, and funding a nursing workforce office. The One Voice One Plan Consortium (OVOP) merged with Team South Carolina members – a group selected to travel to Washington, DC as part of the RWJF/Center to Champion Nursing’s (CCNA) National Education Summit – and now housed in the South Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing.
Four action teams were created around the Future of Nursing’s four key issues and the designated recommendations. Each taskforce has developed a plan with implementation strategies centered on their specific key issue and recommendations.
In 2013 the SC OVOP Action Coalition was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Program Grant over two years. The two areas for focus are
Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020
Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health