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Collaborative efforts result in over $45,000 raised for IOM Future of Nursing.

Georgia nursing organizations, schools of nursing, health care systems and individual nurses have answered the call for donations, contributing over $45,000 in an effort to receive matching grant funds of $150,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The Georgia Nurses Foundation (GNF) and Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition (GNLC) initiated this call for donations in August to support efforts to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's groundbreaking report The Future of Nursing (


Since the release of the IOM report in 2010, GNA has actively collaborated with the Georgia Hospital Association, Emory School of Nursing and a number of nursing school deans and directors in order to move this work forward. The following will update members on the effort thus far:

* In February 2011, a Nursing Summit was held to address the IOM report. Over $15,000 was raised to support the meeting, which included over 400 attendees.

* The Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition (GNLC) was formed, consisting of volunteers from practice, education, professional organizations and advocacy groups. Members met regularly to move action areas forward.

* In 2011, Georgia received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) designation Georgia a state Action Coalition. At the time, Georgia was listed as one of 42 states working collaboratively on the IOM recommendations.

* Advocacy and lobbying efforts of GNA and GNLC resulted in $27,000 in the state budget directed to aligning the nursing workforce survey with recommended national data points to more effectively describe Georgia's nursing workforce.

* GNLC initiated a survey with plans for meeting the goal of 80 percent BSN nurses by 2020.

* Groups have been organized to focus on fundraising, communication and broadening support for nursing initiatives in the state.

* GNLC leveraged state dollars that were committed to expand doctoral nursing education in our state universities.

Our work is not done! GNA and GNLC continue to request donations from Georgia hospitals, schools of nursing, nursing organizations and individuals. If you or your nursing organization would like to donate to the Future of Nursing work, visit http://www.georgianurses. org/gnf donors.htm and use GNF's PayPal account to contribute. Nurses can also send a check/money order by mail to contribute, just be sure to note the intended purpose of your donation in the "for" line of your check/money order and send to GNF, 3032 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.

The Georgia Nurses Foundation (GNF) is a registered 501c3 organization, so all contributions made through GNF will be tax deductible. The names of all organizations and individuals who contribute will be listed on the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition web site and in all nursing initiatives developed for the state.

The Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition (GNLC) is co-led by Linda McCauley, Lisa Eichelberger, Karen Waters and Debbie Hatmaker. For information about GNLC, visit and events/events/nhg/ or send email to

We'd like to thank the individuals and the nursing organizations listed below who have already contributed to this effort!

Total funds raised to date: $45,895 (at press time)

Nursing & Other Organizations: $12,450

Georgia Nurses Association

Georgia Hospital Association

GNA Southern Crescent Chapter

Athens Area Chapter of GNA

STTI, Alpha Epsilon Chapter (Emory)

Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists

GNA Northwest Metro Chapter

TGA Communications LLC

First City Chapter of GNA

STTI, Mu Pi Ch (Georgia Southwestern University)

Georgia Council of Operating Room Nurses

Old Capital Chapter of GNA

Metro Atlanta Chapter of GNA

Roy L. Simpson Fund of First Hand Foundation

Georgia Association of Deans and Directors

Schools of Nursing: $26,900

Armstrong Atlantic State University

Augusta State University

Clayton State University School of Nursing

College of Coastal Georgia

Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Georgia Health Sciences University College of Nursing

Georgia State University Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions

North Georgia College & State University School of Nursing

Shorter University School of Nursing

Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of


University of West Georgia

Valdosta State University

Health Care Systems: $400

Athens Regional Medical Center

Colquitt Regional Medical Center

Individuals: $6,145

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