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June 27, 2017
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Region 1 - New Orleans

The New Orleans Regional Action Coalition (RAC) includes the following parishes: Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines,
St. Bernard and St. Tammany.

ONGOING WORK

The New Orleans RAC has been hard at work since summer 2015 and divides its work into two areas: nurse leadership and education/practice.

The current work of the Leadership subgroup entails increasing nursing presence on key boards in the state. Development of a work plan was begun during a think tank in July 2016. During that meeting, the group decided to use the Social Determinants of Health Model as its road map for selecting boards to target for membership.

Lisa Colletti, LAC regional co-lead, is working to gain information from other state coalitions that have pursued nurse board membership.

On September 27, 2016, a dinner meeting will be held at Loyola during which Louisiana State Nurses Association Executive Director John Wyble will discuss the various types of boards that exist, the typical nomination process for board membership and other topics related to board recruitment. There will be a cost to attend the dinner and exact time and room will be announced soon.

The Education/Practice work group, led by LAC regional co-lead Patrick Reed, is working on its second symposium related to the goals for the region, specifically nursing education; pathways to higher education. The current plan is to hold the event either in October or December 2016. Details will be announced when confirmed.

GRANT
The New Orleans Regional Action Coalition (RAC) received a $1,000 grant from LAC to execute a project aimed at increasing Louisiana’s nursing workforce diversity. The project aims to increase the knowledge and understanding of the role of males in nursing. 

The project is a focused interventional study aimed at increasing the diversity of nurses to include higher numbers of males including all races and ethnicities. This project is intended to reach out to male high school students to provide information about the nursing profession and specifically men in nursing.

This project will team with three key high schools in an effort to generate knowledge and interest in the field of nursing for men. Students will be presented with a tool to assess their current knowledge and understanding, given a 45 minute presentation and then given the same survey. A pretest/post-test survey questionnaire methodology will be used to analyze the effectiveness of the information given.

As of August 2016, a survey tool has been selected, the presentation is in final stages of revision and male nurse-presenters have been recruited to present the material.

Those interested in participating please contact:
Patrick Reed, RN at patreed@gmail.com
Lisa Colletti, RN, MN, NEA-BC, at lisacolletti504@gmail.com