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IOM Report Offers Glimpse of Nursing's Future

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2010

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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2 comments on "IOM Report Offers Glimpse of Nursing's Future"


Graham M. Suggs (11/4/2010 at 12:06 PM)
While in nursing school in Texas in 1975 the idea proposed was for a BSN to be the entry level for all nurses. Nothing has been accomplished and now we have a report that states 80% of nurses will have BSN's by 2020. I have worked at the bedside for my entire career and actually seen the collaboration between the physician and nursing deteriorate in that the model of evidenced based practice places us in boxes that we are to follow and stifles creative problem solving for health care. Not all patients fit into the same box all the time and to care for the ongoing health care of a patient requires each and everyone of us to think outside of the box.

Jeanenne Watters RN MSN CPHQ (10/14/2010 at 12:01 PM)
Two thoughts: 1) I'd challenge any RN with an ADN to do an RN to MSN program. Takes about the same amount of time as earning a BSN. 2) We need to resolve the shortage of nurse educators before we can demand any RN to obtain further education.