The Nursing Profession

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The nursing profession is probably one of the most prominent and important sectors of health care in the United States today. According to the Institute of Medicine (2010, p. 1), the profession includes more than 3 million members. With a workforce of such size and strength, it follows that the effects of the nursing profession upon health care should be both significant, evolutionary, and highly beneficial to the population it serves. However, it has been found that a number of barriers prevent nurses from playing their role to its full extent. This is the main reason for launching the IOM Initiative on The Future of Nursing, culminating in a report meant to implement practical solutions to these barriers. At the heart of this implementation is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), working in conjunction with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to address the difficulties nurses experienced with implementing effective and appropriate care in the context of rapid change in the health care sector and the system that accompanies it (Institute of Medicine, 2010, p. 1). The fundamental aim was to empower nurses to be able to "lead change and advance health." The RWJF and the IOM launched the initiative in 2008 in order to both assess and transform nursing. To be able to do this in an effective and empirical way, the IOM appointed a Committee on the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing. The purpose of this committee was to produce a report with recommendations that

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