Wednesday, July 15, 2009

RWJF and the Institute of Medicine Join Forces to Launch Unprecedented Initiative on the Future of Nursing in America

Committee Led by Donna Shalala and Linda Burnes Bolton to Develop Blueprint for Expanded Access to Quality Care through Better Use of Nurses

As our nation looks to make fundamental reforms to health care, a unique opportunity exists to provide information, insight and guidance on the future role of nursing in the delivery of that care. As our nation’s health care is transformed, the nursing profession will also need to be reconceptualized.

As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the IOM has convened a committee of experts to identify the potential for increasing access, improving quality and reducing costs through the involvement of nursing leaders and widespread use of nursing care solutions. The committee’s recommendations will address a range of system changes and will help identify vital roles for nurses in the design and implementation of a more effective and efficient health care system.

The study committee will review innovative models of nursing care and education with a goal of creating a transformational report on the future of nursing that includes solutions that nursing can provide to improve the quality of patient care while controlling costs.

Read the press release.
Read the RWJF/IOM Statement of Task.
Read the Committee Member bios.

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