One of those schools, the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, announced this week the development of the Tennessee Nursing Institute for Leadership and Policy. Funded through a two-year $150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Future of Nursing State Implementation Program and matching funds from several Tennessee organizations, the institute aims to provide nurses in the state with the knowledge and skills necessary to transform healthcare delivery.
It will provide educational programming and training to practicing nurses and other healthcare professionals with the goal of changing Tennessee's system of care to improve health measures across the state. For example, the state is poorly ranked against other states in the areas of overall well-being, obesity, and infant mortality.
What struck me in reading about the program is how closely a statement from the dean of the College of Nursing mirrored the one I heard from Watland.
"Increasingly, nurses are taking on leadership roles in redesigning and improving health care environments," Vickie Niederhauser, dean of the College of Nursing, said in a statement announcing the Tennessee Nursing Institute for Leadership and Policy. "The institute will provide the knowledge and skills for novice as well as experienced nurses to lead these changes."