Friday, June 4, 2010

Initiative on the Future of Nursing Releases Workshop Summary

Yesterday, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine released a summary document encapsulating the presentations and discussions from the Forum on the Future of Nursing: Community Health, Public Health, Long-term Care and Primary Care held in December 2009.

The Initiative on the Future of Nursing seeks to transform nursing as part of larger efforts to reform the health care system. As part of this Initiative, three forums were held to explore challenges and opportunities in nursing. The second forum, on December 3, 2009, was held in Philadelphia, Pa. More than 600 health care leaders attended this forum in person and via webcast. Speakers, including Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, discussed opportunities in which nurses—who are key front-line providers of care—can play a role in ensuring patients in all settings receive the best possible care.

The IOM will use the perspectives and ideas summarized in this document to inform a final report on the future of nursing, expected to be released in October 2010.

To download a copy of the summary, please visit

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