The groundbreaking 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, has been described as a road map.
On Sept. 23, that map brought together leaders from nursing education, healthcare, business and state government organizations and elected officials and physicians in Baltimore for the Maryland Summit on the Future of Nursing, hosted by the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
This is a call to action for nursing, and for the country, said Janet D. Allan, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of UMSON and founding member of the Maryland Action Coalition Executive Committee, in welcoming more than 200 attendees to the all-day conference. The vision of the IOM report is that all Americans have access to high-quality, patient-centered healthcare in a system where nurses contribute as essential partners in transforming the healthcare delivery system.
The summit, which was used to develop a strategic plan for implementing the IOM recommendations in Maryland, was led by the executive committee of the Maryland Action Coalition, one of 36 state-based coalitions named by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Marylands designation was announced Sept. 26.
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown urged the group to help the state meet an expected need for 11,000 new nurses by 2018. One way to strengthen the nursing workforce, he said, would be to increase the number of advanced degrees, thus making nurse educators the force multiplier.
In his keynote address, William D. Novelli, distinguished professor of the practice, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, Washington, D.C., and former CEO of AARP, said he learned a lot more about the importance of Americas nurses while serving on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/IOM Committee on the Future of Nursing.
I came to see that nurses are the principal care providers to people of all ages in all healthcare settings, he said. Nurses can and must play a vital role in helping realize the objectives set forth in the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
The conference was organized into eight work groups to match the number of IOM recommendations, such as remove scope-of-practice barriers; expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts; implement nurse residency programs; increase the proportion of nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to 80% by 2020; double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020; ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning; prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health; and build an infrastructure for collection/analysis of interprofessional healthcare workforce data.
In addition to Allan, members of the Maryland Action Coalition Executive Committee include Larry Strassner, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care and CNO, Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore, and president, Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives; Kelly Nevins Petz, CRNA, president, Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists; Nancy Adams, RN, MBA, president, Maryland Board of Nursing; and Pat Travis, RN, PhD, CCRP, president, Maryland Nurses Association.
READ THE IOM REPORT by visiting www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health.aspx