Follow-Up to “The Future of Nursing” Report

In 2010, the landmark The Future of Nursing was released, outlining the more involved roles that nurses would need to play in the health care system of this country. A five-year follow-up report has just been issued detailing what has been accomplished and what more needs to be done to include more stakeholders in this vision. This report – Assessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Report The Future of Nursing – observes that “While there has been on-the-ground collaboration between medicine and nursing, opposition by some physicians and physician organizations has been noted as a barrier to
expansion of APRNs’[Advanced Practice Registered Nurses] scope of practice. The health care environment continues to evolve and demand greater team-based and value-based care. There is growing evidence that new models of practice in which all health professionals practice to the full extent of their education and training offer greater efficiency and quality of services.”(S-4) Each succeeding chapter delves into what needs to be done: promoting diversity, higher levels of education, collaboration in the re-design of the health care system, etc. An important document in the ever-evolving profession of nursing in a more sophisticated environment.

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