Social Innovations Journal (Issue 43)

This edition describes innovations driven by nurses in various sectors. These examples demonstrate the power of new approaches spearheaded by nurses in some of the most critical issue areas facing health care today: the opioid epidemic, reducing preventable deaths, and community safety.

Issue 43 | Social Innovations in Nursing: Taking the Lead to Transform HealthCare

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a landmark report, the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, calling for nurses to take the lead in health system transformation. The report offered recommendations to transform health care through nursing, so all Americans can have access to high quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their education, training, and competencies. The resulting Campaign for Action -- a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AARP, and AARP Foundation -- challenged nurses to “lead and diffuse collaborative improve efforts” as part of an interprofessional initiative to redesign care. The IOM’s 2015 progress report further noted the need for interprofessional health care education to highlight “leadership, management, entrepreneurship, innovation, and other skills that will enable nurses to help ensure that the public receives accessible and quality health care.”

Innovations in nursing expand beyond technological advancements to new process methods and creative cross-sector partnerships. This edition of the Social Innovations Journal, entitled “Social Innovations in Nursing: Taking the Lead to Transform Health Care,” examines the transformational work of nurses in the U.S. through a focus on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This edition is designed in partnership with the Pennsylvania Action Coalition, one of 51 state action coalitions charged with implementing the recommendations of the Future of Nursing report.

Click here to read Issue 43 of the Social Innovations Journal.

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