ANA President Responds to New Institute of Medicine Report (12/4/15)

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ANA President Responds to New Institute of Medicine Report

SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the report, Assessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Report the Future of Nursing. The following statement is attributable to American Nurses Association (ANA) President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, in response to the new report:

“We appreciate the Committee’s thoughtful report about what has been accomplished and what needs to be done to continue to move the Future of Nursing report’s recommendations forward to meet the growing demand for high-quality, cost-effective health care services. We agree progress has been made since the Future of Nursing Report was issued in 2010, however, if we hope to achieve the vision of a patient-focused health care system, we must ensure the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses are able to fully contribute. We agree now is the time to accelerate the work to expand access to education, remove barriers to nurses’ full practice, improve data about the nursing workforce, and increase the number of nurses in leadership positions. The American Nurses Association is actively engaged in this work and agrees that interdisciplinary collaboration and support from various stakeholders, including the business community and consumers, are essential.”

The new report is an important step in examining and assessing the changes both in the nursing profession and the broader health care setting following the 2010 release of the IOM report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. It provides a straightforward assessment of the progress made to date in implementing the recommendations of the 2010 report, and it sets out a series of recommendations to ensure the vision and goals in the original report are fully attained.

The progress report recognizes the Campaign for Action, a nursing initiative developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP, which has made significant progress toward instituting the recommendations of the Future of Nursing report and galvanizing the nursing community to further action. The report identifies several areas that require engagement of a broader network of stakeholders to ensure improvements continue. These areas include scope of practice, education, collaboration and leadership, diversity and data.

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all.