The National Academies Press
The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
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Nurses make up the largest segment of the healthcare workforce and have both the numbers and the scientific understanding to play a central role in the transformation of the field. Expanding the roles and capacity of nurses will lay a strong foundation for a future health care system that provides high-quality, accessible, patient-centered care. The Future of Nursing explores ways to: enhance nursing education; allow nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training; provide opportunities for nurses to serve in leadership positions; and improve data collection methods for workforce planning and policy making.
Although the nursing profession faces several challenges in fulfilling the promise of health care reform and meeting the nation’s health needs, The Future of Nursing outlines an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing, including changes to public and institutional policies. The book addresses issues of public payment reform, suggests the implementation of residency programs, and discusses standardizing the scope of practice laws and regulations. It is a useful resource for nurses and other health professionals, health care and advocacy organizations, accrediting and licensing bodies, researchers and governments at the local, state, and national levels.