Nursing

Website spotlight: IOM's long road to reform nursing begins

Nurse Leader Insider, December 20, 2010

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Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, December 14th, 2010


In October, the Institute of Medicine released its landmark report, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The report outlines how nurses are crucial to meeting the country's healthcare needs and says that to handle the increasing complexity of care and greater responsibilities, nurses will need higher levels of education and training.


The report calls for 80% of RNs to have BSNs by 2020 and for the number of nurses with doctorate degrees to have doubled in the same timeframe.


Recently, the IOM took the first step in outlining how to make this happen. The National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing, held November 30 — December 1, in Washington, DC, brought decision makers and thought leaders—including Don Berwick—together to discuss how to implement the report's recommendations.


Editor's note: To read the rest of this free article by visiting IOM’s long road to reform nursing begins found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.


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