Future of Nursing

“The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”  was released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in October 2010. The publication was the result of a two-year initiative launched by the IOM and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This initiative was made in response to the need to assess and transform the nursing profession.

The report identifies the nursing profession, which has more than three million members across the United States, as a central component in remaking the health care system. The report also calls upon the nation's leaders and stakeholders to act on the recommendations put forth by the IOM. The report makes specific and direct recommendations in the areas of nurse training, education, professional leadership, and workforce policy.

The eight recommendations suggest new ways for nurses to practice and enhance access to care. They aim for a health care system that centers on the patient, relies on evidence-based practices, and leads to improved health for individuals across the country. 

See our strategic plan to meet the initiatives here!

Key Recommendations

Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.

Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.

Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.

Effective workforce planning and policymaking require better data collection and information infrastructure.


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