Report at a Glance
The United States has the opportunity to transform
its health care system, and nurses can and should play a fundamental role in this transformation.
However, the power to improve the current regulatory, business, and organizational conditions
does not rest solely with nurses; government, businesses, health care organizations, professional associations, and the insurance industry all must play a role.
The recommendations presented in this report are directed to individual policy makers; national, state, and local government leaders; payers; and health care researchers, executives, and professionals—
including nurses and others—as well as to larger groups such as licensing bodies, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and consumer
advocacy organizations. Working together, these many diverse parties can help ensure that the health care system provides seamless, affordable,
quality care that is accessible to all and leads to improved health.