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Let your voice be heard on the future of nursing

The Initiative on the Future of Nursing was launched at the beginning of 2009 by the Institute of Medicine, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The committee’s aim is to produce a report in 2010 about how nursing can evolve to fit the ever-changing healthcare system, and they are asking nurses from around the country to voice their opinions on the future of nursing.

Over the next few months, the committee will examine, debate, and review evidence submitted from around the country in an effort to develop a blueprint for change. The nursing community is being asked to submit innovations/models and barriers/opportunities for the committee to review.

To submit suggestions and comments to the committee, visit www.iom.edu/nursing or e-mail nursing@nas.edu.

Officially, the committee will review the following areas:

  • Reconceptualizing the role of nurses
  • Expanding nursing faculty, increasing the capacity of nursing schools, and redesigning nursing education
  • Care delivery and health professional education
  • Attracting and retaining well-prepared nurses

The first public debate took place on Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and concerned acute care nursing. The next public debate is on December 3 in Philadelphia, where primary care, long-term care, community health, and public health are the main topics. Nursing education is the final topic to be discussed on February 22, 2010 in Houston.

Two committee members will discuss their work and the future of nursing on Thursday during the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s latest WIHI “talk show,” which is a free 60-minute Webinar beginning at 2 p.m. eastern time.

What are your thoughts on the future of nursing? How do you think nursing needs to change? Are you planning on submitting suggestions to the committee for review?


Source: HealthLeaders Media and The Institute of Medicine


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Sarah Kearns About the Author: Sarah is an Editorial Assistant in the patient safety group at HCPro, Inc. She contributes to two monthly newsletters; Briefings on the Joint Commission and Briefings on Patient Safety, and manages four e-zines; Accreditation Connection, AHAP Staff Challenge, Nurse Manager Weekly, and Healthcare Training Weekly. She also helps research new products for the patient safety and nursing market. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 where she earned her bachelor's degree in English.

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  1. I have been a BSN graduate since 1981. I started out with a Nursing Diploma in 1970. At that time in training, we spent alot of time on the floors which helped beef up the staffing.
    Students washed and feed the patients, made the beds, gave the meds, documented in the chart, and assisted with treatments. All shifts were covered. Can you imagine night shift with that extra staff. Isn’t there some way, that a hospital can take up the burden of training, using the students again?

  2. If nursing is going to be viewed as a profession equal to doctors and lawyers we have to change the image of nursing. As every other profession the minimum educational requirements should be a Bachelors degree. We need to change the image of nursing as seen on television and in the movies. Nursing is now a career shared by both men and women. We are no longer the hand maidens of the MD. Nurses are treated like blue collar workers and therefore there are many nurses who behave like it.

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