December 7, 2015

Significant progress made since IOM future of nursing report

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

Significant progress has been made toward transforming nursing roles, responsibilities, and education to meet the nation’s healthcare needs, according to a report from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The report assesses the progress made since the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report on the future of nursing and offers recommendations, including:

  • removing scope-of-practice barriers
  • supporting and promoting pathways to higher education
  • expanding opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and leadership development
  • increasing workforce diversity
  • improving data collection on the role of nurses in the healthcare workforce.


Report Download the cover image and citation slides >> Nurses make up the largest segment of the health care profession, with 3 million registered nurses in the United States. Nurses work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, public health centers, schools, and homes, and provide a continuum of services, including direct patient care, health promotion, patient education, and coordination of care.

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