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Local Nurses to Collaborate on Improving Health Care Practice in the Lehigh Valley

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More than one hundred nurses will come together on Wednesday, Feb 19 to discuss and create a strategic plan intended to implement recommendations made in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) publication, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health that points to the important role nurses play in the health care system and its continuous evolution in caring for aging and diverse populations. The Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC), Northeast 2 Regional Action Coalition (NE2 RAC) will host an inaugural town hall meeting at Cedar Crest College from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A second meeting will be held on Feb. 20 for nurses in Carbon and Monroe Counties.

The PA-AC was established in 2011 to assist in the advancement of nurse education and practice in order to improve the overall health care in Pennsylvania. Their mission is to assist in implementing the long-term goals recommended by the IOM, including the initiative to have 80 percent of the nursing workforce practicing with a bachelor of science in nursing degree by the year 2020.

In 2012, the PA-AC centered their efforts on four main areas. These include the overall function of the organization, grant applications, the design and distribution of Nursing Faculty Surveys and the establishment of Regional Action Coalitions. The meeting on Wednesday is hoped to bring about new ideas for moving these efforts and others forward. The coalition is a true collaboration of representatives from a number of different industries including higher education institutions and hospitals.