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Nurses make up the largest segment of the health care profession, with 3 million registered nurses in the United States. Nurses work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, public health centers, schools, and homes, and provide a continuum of services, including direct patient care, health promotion, patient education, and coordination of care. They serve in leadership roles, are researchers, and work to improve health care policy. As the health care system undergoes transformation due in part to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the nursing profession is making a wide-reaching impact by providing and affecting quality, patient-centered, accessible, and affordable care.
In 2010, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which made a series of recommendations pertaining to the roles for nurses in the new health care landscape. Shortly after release of The Future of Nursing report, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action to shepherd The Future of Nursing report’s recommendations. In 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked the IOM to convene a committee to assess progress made on implementing The Future of Nursing report recommendations and identify areas that should be emphasized over the next 5 years.
A public webinar was held on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST. The webinar included statements by the committee chair highlighting key findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the report, as well as a discussion with committee members.
- Stuart Altman (Chair), Brandeis University
- Paula Gubrud, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing
- Bob Phillips, American Board of Family Medicine
- Ed Salsberg, George Washington University Health Workforce Institute and School of Nursing