The Future of Nursing

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Future of Nursing Introduction ONE: Discuss the work of the Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)…that led to the IOM report, "Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health…" The committee was led by former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, and was asked to create basically a "blueprint for how the nursing profession can transform itself into a more potent and relevant force," Harvey V. Fineberg wrote (on page ix). The nursing committee was asked to help create solutions that are long-term and that truly "enhance" both the value and the quality of healthcare in the United States. The country is very diverse and hence the future needs entail providing preventative care, promoting health and caring for people "…in all settings across the lifespan," and hence, this was the challenge set before the committee. All these challenges are critical because the U.S. is at "…a crossroads" due to the recent legislation "The Affordable Care Act," and an action-oriented plan must be produced. The committee was asked to provide "…the cornerstone" for the collaboration between the RWJF and the Institute of Medicine. Shalala and Vice Chair Linda Bolton wrote that during the five meetings that the committee held three "technical workshops" and held three public forums on "…the future of nursing" that zeroed in on: a) acute care; b) care in the community; c) care that emphasized community health, public health, primary care; and d)

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