The work of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Committee Initiative on the Future of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) research that led to the IOM report, “Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” have had a significant impact on the nursing profession. These initiatives have identified key areas for improvement in nursing practice, education, and workforce development. In this paper, we will discuss the importance of the IOM report related to these aspects and explore the role of state-based action coalitions in advancing the goals of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.
The IOM “Future of Nursing” report is of great importance to the nursing profession as it provides a roadmap for transforming nursing practice to meet the changing healthcare needs of the population. One of the key recommendations of the report is to remove scope-of-practice barriers that limit the ability of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training. By removing these barriers, nurses can play a much larger role in delivering primary care and improving patient outcomes.
Another important aspect of the report is its emphasis on increasing the educational preparation of nurses. The report recommends that at least 80% of nurses should hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) by 2020. This is crucial for improving patient care and safety, as studies have shown that nurses with higher levels of education are associated with better patient outcomes. Furthermore, the report highlights the need for lifelong learning and continuing education for nurses to keep up with the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.
The IOM report also addresses the need for a more diverse nursing workforce. It highlights the importance of increasing diversity in nursing to better reflect the demographics of the patient population and improve cultural competence in healthcare delivery. The report calls for efforts to recruit and retain individuals from underrepresented groups in nursing, as well as creating culturally sensitive educational programs.
To advance the goals of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, state-based action coalitions have been established across the country. These coalitions bring together stakeholders from nursing organizations, healthcare systems, academia, and government to work towards implementing the recommendations of the IOM report at the state level. They serve as a catalyst for change and facilitate collaboration and coordination among different stakeholders.
State-based action coalitions play a crucial role in advancing the nursing profession through various initiatives. One example is the Pennsylvania Action Coalition, which has spearheaded initiatives to promote leadership development among nurses in the state. These initiatives include mentorship programs, leadership training workshops, and creating opportunities for nurses to serve in leadership roles within healthcare organizations. By developing strong nurse leaders, the coalition is empowering nurses to advocate for changes in healthcare policy and practice.
Another initiative by the Pennsylvania Action Coalition is focused on improving primary care access for underserved populations. They have established partnerships with community clinics and organizations to expand access to primary care services, particularly in rural and underserved areas. This initiative aims to address the healthcare disparities experienced by these populations and improve their overall health outcomes.
While state-based action coalitions have made significant progress in advancing the nursing profession, there are still barriers that exist in many states. Some of these barriers include restrictive scope-of-practice regulations, limited funding for nursing education, and resistance to change within healthcare organizations. Overcoming these barriers requires the collaboration and perseverance of nursing advocates. They can work towards changing legislation and regulations that restrict the practice of nurses, advocate for increased funding for nursing education programs, and engage in dialogue with healthcare organizations to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices.
In conclusion, the IOM “Future of Nursing” report has identified key areas for improvement in nursing practice, education, and workforce development. State-based action coalitions play a crucial role in advancing the goals of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action by spearheading initiatives and advocating for changes at the state level. While barriers to advancement exist in many states, nursing advocates can work towards overcoming these barriers through collaboration and advocacy efforts. By implementing the recommendations of the IOM report, we can transform the nursing profession and ensure that nurses are well-equipped to meet the healthcare needs of the future.