On October 5, 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a consensus report entitled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. SUNA believes that all nurses should be aware of this report, its implications for the future of the nursing profession and the health care system, as well as the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action, which was launched in November 2010 following the release of the IOM report.
According to the report, nurses' roles, responsibilities, and education should change significantly to meet the increased demand for care that will be created by health care reform and to advance improvements in America's health system. Because nurses make up the single largest segment of the health care work force and also spend the greatest amount of time in delivering patient care, they have valuable insights and unique abilities to contribute as partners with other health care professionals in improving the quality and safety of care as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act.
The report is the product of a study convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, and is the result of the committee’s review of scientific literature on the nursing profession and a series of public forums to gather insights and evidence from a range of experts.
The report and the Initiative on the Future of Nursing are sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.