IOM Report Offers Glimpse of Nursing's Future
Hassmiller told me that one of RWJF's aims was in being involved with the project was to engage the public in the creation of the report.
"We believe, with our experience at RWJF, that if you engage people ahead of time with a process and let them participate in the process, then when the recommendations come out, they will be much more willing—because have participated in the process—to take those recommendations and help implement them," says Hassmiller.
One of the dangers of expensive reports is that once they are done, they sit on the shelf. But RWJF has committed to ensuring this does not happen.
"The thing that makes this [report] very unique is that my foundation has agreed to a two-year implementation plan," says Hassmiller. "My foundation has supported a plan to take those recommendations and work with groups across the country to do whatever we can with everyone."
And the report will need every ounce of that support for its sweeping recommendations to actually take shape and for it to serve, as its authors intend, as a blueprint for nursing and healthcare as a whole in the age of reform.
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