In October, the Institute of Medicine released a landmark report outlining how nurses are crucial to meeting the country's healthcare needs. The report says that to handle the increasing complexity of care and greater responsibilities, nurses will need higher levels of education and training. Now, the Institute is taking the first steps toward making that happen.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Nov. 30 kicked off a summit in Washington, DC, on nursing's role in promoting health as part of its "Initiative on the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action." RWJF and the Institute of Medicine last month issued a blueprint for transforming nursing roles, responsibilities and education to meet the promise of a reformed health care system and the nation's health needs. RWJF's campaign seeks to guide implementation of the report's recommendations.
"The Foundation is committed to using the IOM Future of Nursing report as it is intended to be used, as a roadmap for future direction and action," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. "We are doing this by convening leaders from all sectors, both public and private, to join us as partners in this national movement to make these recommendations a reality."
Pamela A. Thompson, CEO of the AHA's American Organization of Nurse Executive and AHA senior vice president for nursing, took part in the summit and noted that AONE is "excited to be a part of what could be one of the most historic transformations of health care and the nursing profession."