The University of Maryland School of Nursing participated in the launch of an action plan to implement sweeping changes in the nursing profession by hosting one of 121 regional awareness meetings conducted around the U.S. last fall.
The meetings took place in conjunction with the National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing in Washington, D.C., by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The summit and awareness meetings were designed to support the Institute of Medicine recommendations in its two-year study The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, released in October.
Maryland SON Dean Janet D. Allan, RN, PhD, FAAN, welcomed about 50 participants from academia, business and government to the half-day meeting and led a discussion on the key messages of the IOM report and their impact on the state of Maryland.
As president of the Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives, the Board and I found the IOM recommendations as the blueprint of the future of nursing to be extremely helpful in setting the stage for nursing to play a key role in the transformation of the U.S. health system, Larry Strassner, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, wrote in an e-mail to Nursing Spectrum. Nurses can expect to see Regional Action Coalitions formed to include nurses, nurse executives, educators, government and policy leaders in Maryland driving the strategies and tactics needed to implement the eight IOM recommendations.
The IOM called for expanding the role, education and compensation of nurses, giving nurses a seat at the policy table and removing the regulatory and structural barriers that prevent nurses from fully contributing to better health and a more effective healthcare delivery system.
Strassner, vice president of patient care and CNO, Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore, added: MONE, along with the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the deans and directors of the Maryland schools of nursing, have committed to participate collaboratively in these RACs and set the future for nursing across Maryland and, as needed, [promote]the necessary federal changes through our united voice on Capitol Hill.