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The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

With more than 3 million members, the nursing profession is the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce. Working on the front lines of patient care, nurses can play a vital role in helping realize the objectives set forth in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, legislation that represents the broadest health care overhaul since the 1965 creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. A number of barriers prevent nurses from being able to respond effectively to rapidly changing health care settings and an evolving health care system. These barriers need to be overcome to ensure that nurses are well-positioned to lead change and advance health.

Recognizing that the nursing profession faces several challenges in fulfilling the promise of a reformed health care system and meeting the nation’s health needs, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) established a two-year Initiative on the Future of Nursing. The cornerstone of the initiative of this committee was producing a report, titled the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which contains recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing, including changes in public and institutional policies at the national, state, and local levels.

According to RWJF, since its October 2010 release, the report has made a considerable impact on the way stakeholders are viewing the nursing workforce. Thirty-six states now have campaign-designated Action Coalitions comprised of nurses and other health care providers, consumer advocates, policy-makers and business, academic and philanthropic leaders. All are committed to effecting change for the nursing profession, as are more than 70 national organizations that have begun acting on specific report recommendations.

Nurses practice in many settings, including hospitals, schools, homes, retail health clinics, long-term care facilities, battlefields, and community and public health centers. They have varying levels of education and competen­cies—from licensed practical nurses, who greatly contribute to direct patient care in nursing homes, to nurse scientists, who research and evaluate more effective ways of caring for patients and promoting health. The committee considered nurses across roles, settings, and education levels in its effort to envision the future of the profession. Through its deliberations, the Campaign for Action developed recommendations in six key categories … READ MORE

A summary of the IOM/RWJF report can be found here  

Click here for a full copy of the report.

UI Nursing Commencement: Mary Groves

During the 2012 commencement, RN-BSN graduate, Mary Groves, talks about the importance of
nurses achieving higher levels of education.

Future of Nursing

A nice synopsis about Campaign for Action efforts taking place right here in Iowa, and in action coalitions across the country