A committee on Robert Wood Johnson foundation collaborated with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to develop a project on the future of nursing back in 2008. In 2010 the IOM released a report on the initiative named The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Part II of the report describes the needed changes of the nursing profession in order to advance the whole health care system. The IOM “envisions a future where primary care and prevention are central drivers of the health care system, inter-professional collaboration and coordination are the norm, and payment for health care services rewards value, not volume of services, and quality care is provided at a price that is affordable for both individuals and society” (IOM, 2010). This report was supported by evidence-based practice which contributed for the high endorsement of the report from the American Nursing Association (ANA).
In this paper I would like to focus on three major sections of the project, namely transforming of nursing education, nursing practice and nursing leadership.
The report underlines the deep changes in nursing education that need to be implemented in the following years. Even though the main goal of the nursing education remains to prepare the future nurses and nursing specialist to provide quality and safe care to a diverse population, the education needs to evolve in ways that encourage working in teams with other health professionals. IOM report encourages “nurses to partner with physicians and other health care professionals in redesigning of U.S. healthcare (IOM, 2010).
The nursing academic progression should be promoted. There is an apparent need for a higher number of nurses with baccalaureate degree to enter the field. Advancing to graduate nursing degrees is encouraged by the suggestion to increase the number of professors. This could be achieved by shortening the
References: Institute of Medicine. (2010). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Health. The National Academies Press, Washington D.C. retrieved from http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health.aspx