Nursing Education, Nursing Workforce, Educational Articulation, Action Coalition, Workforce Development, Diversity



  1. Ratcliffe, Carol J.
  2. Cheshire, Michelle H.
  3. Buckner, Ellen B.
  4. Dawson, Martha A.
  5. Berry, Shaina R.
  6. McDaniel, Gretchen S.
  7. Ladner, Kathleen A.


AIM: The Alabama Health Action Coalition is a state coalition whose purpose is to enable access to high-quality, safe, and patient-centered health care for all Alabamians by leading change in nursing and health care.


BACKGROUND: The Alabama Health Action Coalition has four focus areas: advancing nursing education, improving nursing workforce data, promoting diversity among nursing and health care professionals, and fostering a culture of health.


METHOD: From 2012 to 2014, the Advancing Education Taskforce and Health Workforce Committee initiated processes to maximize resources, track changes in workforce data, and provide support for goal achievement.


RESULTS: Outcomes included an increase in the number of nurses with a BSN and higher degrees from 35 percent to 50 percent, nearing national averages.


CONCLUSION: Tracking of trends continues with 2016 data. This growth is particularly important in a state with a large, underserved population and high percentage of rural areas.