In the news: IOM’s nursing workshop pushes for greater nurse involvement in care

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, April 19, 2010

Overcoming challenges in nursing is essential to overcoming challenges in the healthcare system as a whole, according to a new workshop summary report released Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

The summary is from a series of forums held by the Initiative on the Future of Nursing, which focused on methods to allow nurses to put more energy toward providing better care, reports Janice Simmons for HealthLeaders Media. The Initiative on the Future of Nursing is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the IOM.

Some of the specific points that resonated with panel members include:

  • Frontline nurses’ knowledge—gathered from their interaction with patients—is critical to reducing medical errors and improving patient outcomes
  • Expansion of nurses’ time at the bedside is an essential component of achieving the goal of patient-centered care
  • Multidisciplinary care teams—characterized by "extensive and respectful collaboration" among team members—improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of care

For the rest of the key points, read Simmons' full article.

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