June 27, 2017
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Timeline of Major Accomplishments

Our Ongoing Work

  • Broaden and diversify the base of engaged members in all regions of the state
  • Develop nurse leaders to help lead change to advance health and promote APRNs in primary care settings
  • Compete for state and national grants and secure additional program and operational funding
  • Increase the diversity of Louisiana's nursing workforce

JANUARY: LAC holds its third Nurse Leader Institute.

The second cohort of the LAC Nurse Leader Mentorship Program begins.

LAC completes work related to its second Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Program grant.

APRIL: Five nurses who completed both the LAC Nurse Leader Institute and LAC Nurse Leader Mentorship Program are honored as Nurse Leader Institute Fellows at the Louisiana Nurses Foundation Nightingale Gala.

LAC holds a Culture of Health Summit bringing together more than 130 healthcare professionals, business and community leaders and interested parties from across the state.


JANUARY: LAC releases a Diversity Think Tank summary report, “Embracing the Challenge: Enhancing Diversity in Louisiana’s Nursing Workforce,” along with an accompanying infographic.

FEBRUARY: LAC participates in the nationwide "Leap into Leadership" effort to collect data about nurses who are currently serving on boards and those who wish to serve on boards.

MARCH: The nine-month LAC Nurse Leader Mentorship Program begins with Nurse Leader Institute graduates as first cohort of mentees.

APRIL: Through work done by its Diversity Steering Committee, LAC publishes a call for proposals for projects related to findings from the 2015 LAC Diversity Think Tank. The LAC Regional Action Coalitions (RAC) are specifically encouraged to develop projects and apply for grants for up to $1,000 each. Grants to fund projects are awarded to RACs in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans and Shreveport for projects that are to be completed by December 31, 2016.

JUNE: LAC holds its second Nurse Leader Institute.

NOVEMBER: The first LAC Nurse Leader Mentorship cohort completes the nine-month program. 

DECEMBER: Five RACs complete nursing workforce diversity projects. View project summaries.


JANUARY: LAC holds statewide interprofessional summit “The Future of Health Care in Louisiana” in Baton Rouge, bringing together more than 300 registered nurses, physicians, physician assistants and other health care professionals and stakeholders to discuss the state’s health care challenges and collaborative solutions.

FEBRUARY: LAC begins a new relationship with the Louisiana Nurses Foundation as its fiscal agent.
RWJF awards LAC with a $112,000 State Implementation Grant, a 2X match of the funds raised by LAC to further its nurse leadership and diversity initiatives.

APRIL: LAC holds regional forum “The Future of Nursing in Louisiana” in Monroe.

MAY: LAC holds regional forum “The Future of Nursing in South Central Louisiana” in Baton Rouge.

JUNE: LAC holds training session for members of Louisiana’s regional coalition group representatives.

AUGUST: LAC sends out a Nurse Leadership Needs Assessment to all RNs in the state as a way to gather information about leadership in the current workforce and what needs are not being met to help nurses advance and develop leadership potential.

LAC holds the state’s first Diversity Think Tank to develop strategies to increase diversity in Louisiana’s nursing workforce.

LAC is granted another round of funding from the Louisiana Health Works Commission for its tuition reimbursement program for minority RNs completing PCFNP education who agree to work in underserved areas of the state. Increased funding allows all PCFNP programs in the state to participate.LAC releases report and Infographic on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Louisiana According to Role (NPs, CRNAs, CNSs, CNMs).

SEPTEMBER: LAC announces the launch of its Nurse Leaders Institute, a five-day course for emerging nurse leaders.

LAC is invited to participate in the Center to Champion Nursing Future of Nursing Webinar: Diversity & Coalition Effectiveness: Strategies for Sustainability - Dr. Cynthia Bienemy presents as LAC representative.

OCTOBER: LAC is invited to participate in the Center to Champion Nursing Future of Nursing Webinar: Creating Leadership Capacity for Success – Barbara Morvant and P K Scheerle present as LAC representatives.

NOVEMBER: LAC holds first Nurse Leader Institute in Baton Rouge with a total of 33 attendees. Planning begins for another Nurse Leader Institute offering mid-2016.


JANUARY: Leadership and Diversity Steering Committees formed.

MARCH: LAC holds regional forum “The Future of Nursing in Central Louisiana” in Pineville.

APRIL: LAC holds regional forum “The Future of Nursing in Southeast Louisiana” in Kenner.

MAY: LAC produces a short video and educates public about the role of APRNs in primary care through an online campaign during National Nurses Week.

LAC chosen to participate in CFA-sponsored fundraising pilot program.

JULY: Strategic action plans for leadership and regional expansion are discussed and finalized.

AUGUST: LAC leadership holds strategic planning session.

LAC applies for and is granted funding from the Louisiana Health Works Commission for a tuition reimbursement program for minority RNs completing PCFNP education who agree to work in underserved areas of the state.

LAC releases two reports - Diversity: A Core Value Within the Louisiana Action Coalition and Building a Diverse APRN Workforce in Louisiana.

SEPTEMBER: LAC holds regional forum “The Future of Nursing in North Louisiana” in Shreveport.

OCTOBER: LAC holds regional forum “The Future of Nursing in Southwest Louisiana” in Lake Charles.

NOVEMBER: LAC receives funding support from BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana, Gifted Healthcare LLC and


FEBRUARY: A group from LAC’s Core Leadership Team attends the nation Campaign For Action Summit in Washington, D.C.

MARCH: RWJF awards LAC with a $150,000 State Implementation Grant.

APRIL: With funds provided by the RWJF and Rapides Foundation grants, LAC hires a full-time coordinator.

JULY: LAC’s Core Leadership Team restructures into three working groups to further execution of the RWJF State Implementation Grant’s objectives: Engagement and Diversity, Events and Sustainability.

LAC website and Facebook page launched.

NOVEMBER: LAC holds regional forum “The Future of Nursing in Acadiana” in Lafayette.

DECEMBER: Planning begins for regional group implementation.


JANUARY: The Rapides Foundation presents a $150,000 grant to the Louisiana Action Coalition.

MARCH: Louisiana’s first Nursing Workforce Demand report is released.

LAC’s Strategic map is unveiled at the 2012 Nursing Summit in Baton Rouge.

Moved by the challenge to match The Rapides Foundation’s Challenge Grant, nurses and nursing champions contribute more than $4,500 at the Nursing Summit.

MAY: The Louisiana Action Coalition debuts new logo to brand organization.


FEBRUARY: AARP Louisiana and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing Center for Nursing, with the support of a diverse group of nursing and non-nursingorganizations and stakeholders, submit an application to the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action to become an Action Coalition state.

MARCH: More than 20 diverse nurse leaders and nurse champions come together to form the Core Leadership Team of the Louisiana Action Coalition (LAC) and raise $17,000 for strategic planning.

JUNE: RWJF selects the LAC co-leads to participate in the RWJF Connect Program and they meet with LA’s congressional delegation and their staffs in Washington, D.C. to share information about the IOM report on the Future of Nursing.

JULY: 25 Members of LAC’s Core Leadership Team participate in a strategic planning, outlining LAC’s core values and goals. The team produces a three-year strategic map.

OCTOBER: LAC’s Core Leadership Team commits to focus on three tracks of work through 2012: Structure and Governance, Coalition Engagement and Branding and Messaging.

DECEMBER: Dr. Susan Hassmiller, RWJF Senior Advisor for Nursing and lead for the national Campaign For Action, visits Louisiana and meets with more than 200 thought leaders, policy makers, educators and healthcare stakeholders.


OCTOBER: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) jointly release The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, calling it a blueprint for transforming the American health system by strengthening nursing care and better preparing nurses to help lead reform. Eight key recommendations for the future of nursing are identified in the report.

NOVEMBER: The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a collaboration created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP Foundation, is launched in Washington, D.C. with the purpose of ensuring all Americans have access to high-quality, patient-centered care in a health care system in which nurses contribute as essential partners.