Committee for Assessing Progress on Implementing the Recommendations of the Institute of Medicine Report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Education, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Health Care Workforce
Board: HMD Executive Office

Activity Description

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. This report, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), issued eight recommendations intended to serve as a blueprint to: improve nursing education and training, practice, leadership, and workforce planning. 

Specifically, the report made the following recommendations:

  1. Remove scope-of-practice barriers.
  2. Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts.
  3. Implement nurse residency programs.
  4. Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020. 
  5. Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020. 
  6. Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning.
  7. Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health.
  8. Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of interprofessional health care workforce data. 

Shortly after the release of the IOM report, RWJF, in partnership with AARP, launched the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. The mission of the Campaign is to promote implementation of the recommendations from the IOM report. In particular, the Campaign focuses on making strides in the following areas:
  • Advancing nursing education
  • Leveraging nursing leadership
  • Removing barriers to practice and care
  • Fostering interprofessional collaboration
  • Promoting diversity
  • Bolstering workforce data

As the report and the Campaign approaches its fifth year, RWJF requests an evaluation of the impact of The Future of Nursing report on the field of nursing and beyond, with the Campaign being one driver of change.

For information about the membership of this committee, please see the listing on the Current Projects page.

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