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The Future of Nursing in the Changing Healthcare System

The American Nurses Association (ANA) highly commends the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for its report on the nursing profession, entitled 'Future of Nursing'. The ANA acknowledges the need for nurses to take a leadership role in all settings, particularly in delivery and development of care, to meet the demands of our changing health care system. Hadassah's Task Force for Nursing is in alignment with the suggestions from the IOM report.

The recommendations as outlined in the 'Future of Nursing' Report are as follows:

  1. Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education, training, and licensure.
  2. Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  3. Nurses should be full partners, in collaboration with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
  4. Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure.

This report is the outcome of the Initiative on the Future of Nursing, sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A web cast roundtable discussion was held on March 22, 2011 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), publishers of the world's largest general nursing journals, to discuss the report. The consensus was that the report focuses on service to patients, and the need for nurses to collaborate with physicians to provide the best possible patient care by honing in on their skills, training, and expertise. Additionally, a concerted effort needs to be made to help members of nursing organizations bring these report recommendations forward.

The LWW roundtable panelists touched on the serious primary care nurse shortage in the United States today. Much professional literature has been released outlining this concern, as well as the need for competency-based training that would impact Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Administrators, and Educators. Such training will prepare these professionals for leadership roles in their workplaces so that they are well positioned to lead change and advance health.

In response to the 'Future of Nursing' Report, Hadassah's Task Force for Nursing has expanded its perspective to encourage:

  1. Quality professional collaboration among health care professionals by having Hadassah nurses partner with Hadassah physicians. This will help to promote a multi-disciplinary care approach.
  2. Nurses to pursue advanced degrees so they can take on leadership positions in the workplace.

Both of these goals will be met by potential outreach programs to current healthcare professionals, and college, university, nursing & medical schools students. Further details will be forthcoming. These new initiatives will begin in fall 2011.

Hadassah's Task Force for Nursing is now Online

Hadassah's Task Force for Nursing now has its own page on Facebook. Program updates and current articles about nursing will be posted. It's easy to create your own personal Facebook page and account, after which you can access Hadassah's Task Force for Nursing's Facebook page. We invite you to join our online discussions and meet fellow Hadassah nurses. Please discuss this helpful resource with family and friends, and especially with students who are considering nursing or are already in nursing school.

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