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The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health


Earlier this month, the Institute of Medicine released a report about the role nursing will play in health care in the near future. Because nurses comprise the largest portion of the health care industry in the U.S., they are key players in implementing the directives of the Affordable Care Act. But before they can act effectively, nurses need to take certain steps to better prepare themselves as health care workers, according to the report.

In 2008, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the IOM launched a two-year initiative to respond to the need to assess and transform the nursing profession. The IOM appointed the Committee on the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, with the purpose of producing a report that would make recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing. Through its deliberations, the committee developed four key messages:

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• Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
• Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
• Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
• Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

With higher standards for education and training, nurses can help transform the health care system. Working together with the government and other health care organizations, nurses are easily poised to become a vital contributor in changing U.S. health care for the next few years.

Check out the full report here.

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    over 3 years ago


    I think that in the future, the nursing should have a greater position in the social categories that imply a health care reform. I have a neighbor who is a nurse and when she sees me after a hard day at work she always recommends vitamins for stress. Since then I have started to have a great respect for this medical category and I trust her training.

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    over 3 years ago


    Nurses are one of the most important workers in a hospital or a place like rehab for men. It is important that they know how to deal with all different types of patients and really need to focus on each person's needs. It is important to have good skills in multitasking as well.

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    over 3 years ago


    My sister is working as a nurse for California drug rehab. Of course that you need to improve your status at work, especially when you work in the medical field. One mistake can cost someone his/her life. That is why I support nurses who improve their studies and sometimes manage to compete with doctors when it comes to the health of a patient.

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    over 3 years ago


    My mother has worked as a nurse since she was 16 years old and now after 40 years of experience she will become a doctor. I recently had some symptoms of eating disorders and I didn't realize but I was lucky that I visited her in that period because she instantly figured out what I have. I got myself treated and now I am fine.

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    over 3 years ago


    I totally agree, nurses play a very important part in the health care system and they should be well trained. I believe that they also should be full partners with psychologists. This is really important for a nurse. I worked for drug rehab Florida. Nurses there were well trained and they really knew how to treat the patients.

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