Future of Nursing Report Turns Three

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From left: American Nurses Foundation Executive Director Kate Judge; American Nurses Association (ANA) CEO Marla Weston, Ph.D., RN, FAAN; ANA President Karen Daley, Ph.D., RN, FAAN; and ANA Chief Professional Practice Officer Debbie Hatmaker, Ph.D., RN, FAAN.
ANA was well represented at the Dec. 11th event at the National Academy of Sciences headquarters commemorating the third anniversary of the landmark report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Hosted by Institute of Medicine (IOM) President Harvey Fineberg, M.D., the event began with a keynote presentation from Donna Shalala, Ph.D., FAAN, chair of the committee that produced the report. Shalala praised the progress that has been made over the past three years to implement the recommendations called for in the report. The Future of Nursing “remains the most widely read report in IOM history,” Shalala said. “Nursing organizations are starting to work together in unprecedented ways. This is clearly nursing’s time.” Despite progress, Shalala acknowledged that nurses must take an active role in strengthening the profession. “Nurses can no longer take a back seat in health care decision making,” she said. A panel discussion followed Shalala’s remarks and included Linda Burnes Bolton, Dr.P.H., RN, FAAN, co-chair of the report committee and vice president and chief nursing officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Susan Hassmiller, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, study director of the committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, among others. A recording of the event, as well as a new infographic on the nursing profession, are available on the IOM website.