IOM Report on The Future of Nursing

IOM Report on The Future of Nursing

During the period of its work, the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing developed a goal of identifying a transformed health care system. The committee aims at introducing a future system that identifies vital roles for nurses in bringing and implementing a more effective and reliable health care system. This would be achieved by re-conceptualizing the role of nurses within the situation of the entire workforce, the shortage, societal issues and today’s and future technology (D, R. 2016).

Also, the Committee identified that expanding the nursing faculty, increasing the number of nursing schools and improving nursing education would assure production of enough capacity of well skilled and prepared nurses, who are able to meet current and future health care demands. The IOM report would include innovative solutions that are related to health professional education focusing on nursing and the delivery of nursing services (Taub, 2002). The report would also include attracting plans that would be favorable to well prepared nurses in multiple care settings; including ambulatory, acute, primary care, community, long term care and public health (Taub, 2002). IOM Report on The Future of Nursing

The cornerstone of the program would be to make quality care accessible to the multiple population of the United States, to promote disease prevention and wellness, to improve health outcomes and to provide empathetic care across the lifespan. To be able to meet these demands of an evolving healthcare system and meet the ascending needs of patients, nurses must be educated and skilled enough through higher levels of education and training (Mann & Gooberman-Hill, 2011).

An improved and well-developed education system is important to make sure that the current and future generations of nurses are able to deliver safe, patient centered and quality care in all settings most importantly in such areas as primary care, community, and public health. IOM Report on The Future of Nursing

In these areas, the health care system constantly demonstrates that it is responsive to individuals’ needs and also desires through the delivery of truly patient-centered care. The establishment of the IOM report to the Future of Nursing would be of great impact because nurses have close and regular proximity to patients and scientific concept of care processes across the continuum of care. Nurses have unique abilities and opportunities to work as partners with other health professionals and to be on the first line in the improvement and development of the healthcare system and its many practices such as hospitals, schools, homes etc. (Spencer & Jordan, 2001).

Another importance of the IOM report to the Future of Nursing is that nurses would get the ability to help connect the ridge between coverage and access, to properly coordinate increasingly intensive and complex care for a wide range of patients, and to facilitate the economic value of their contributions in practice settings to be realized. This includes nurse’s vital role in avoiding and preventing medication errors, reducing infection rates, and even enabling patients’ transition from hospital to home (Mann & Gooberman-Hill, 2011). IOM Report on The Future of Nursing

Nursing practice is of great importance also because it covers a wide range from promoting health, to preventing diseases, to coordination of care, to cure—when possible—and to calmative care when cure is not possible. IOM acknowledgement that many members of the profession require more education and preparation to adopt new roles quickly in response would help to rapidly change health care settings and a developing health care system.

The IOM also recognizes the restrictions on scope of practice, policy, reimbursement-related limitations, and professional worries and tensions having undermined the nursing profession’s ability to deliver and improve both advanced and general care. As a result, IOM identifies the need to transform and improve the work environment, scope of practice, education, and the numbers of America’s nurses by introducing a health care system that delivers the recommended and right —quality care that is accessible, patient centered, evidence based, and sustainable—at the right time (Mann & Gooberman-Hill, 2011). IOM Report on The Future of Nursing


The new IOM impact report keeps the Future of Nursing on the lead to change, advance and improve health on the radar for everyone. The report has brought the need of nurses to find new ways of reengaging and create new opportunities to build a culture of health in the community through collaboration with other health professionals.

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which contains 36 state Action Coalitions and a broad range of health care providers, consumer advocates, policy-makers and the business, academic and philanthropic communities. Action Coalitions are summoned to develop and improve the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. It comprises of diverse groups of stakeholders that can effect sustainable change at the state or regional level, Action Coalitions captures best practices, determine research needs, track lessons learned and identify replicable models that then can accelerate improvements nationally (Mann & Gooberman-Hill, 2011).

The title, Action Coalitions, is Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s official title to identify the state or regional level teams that have applied for and have been deemed an Action Coalition associated with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. If organizations or teams have not applied for technical assistance through the Center to Champion Nursing in America in cooperation with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, such organizations or teams can use a term other than, Action Coalition, to stipulate their identity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will ask teams or organizations that are not associated with the Center to Champion Nursing in America’s technical assistance for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action to not use the term, Action Coalition, and if such organizations or teams do use the term, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will request that they cease using the term (Mann & Gooberman-Hill, 2011). IOM Report on The Future of Nursing

My states action coalition is California. Its main vision is to bring a healthy California through nursing leadership and nursing. Over the past year the California Action Coalition in conjunction with Health Impact worked together to become a key initiative within the organization, with a common goal of positively influencing how health care is delivered in the state. The objective is to enhance the well-being of Californians through innovation, interprofessional leadership, and nursing excellence is right in line with the future direction of the campaign.

The main mission of the California Action Coalition is to put into action the recommendations of the IOM future of nursing report through strategic partnerships for a strong and healthy California. The California Action Coalition serves as the cornerstone for the implementation of the IOM report recommendations in the state. Recognizing the important work already in process in California and with a goal of long-term sustainable change, the California Action Coalition leads the way to improve the health of the population through core values such as engaging broad and diverse perspectives, increasing and using influence, strategic and efficient use of resources and improving health outcomes (Mann & Gooberman-Hill, 2011).

However, there are some barriers that hinder the advancement of the Future of Nursing in California for example the education sector. The nursing advocates need to bring more favorable and efficient campaigns in the school of nursing as well as designing new plans on the education sector. This plan will help to reduce the number of barriers in the action coalition of California (Mann & Gooberman-Hill, 2011).  IOM Report on The Future of Nursing


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