The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

Specialties Educators


Specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds.

as the u.s. health care system continues to evolve, the role of nurses also needs to evolve. nurses must strike a delicate balance among advancing science, translating and applying research, and caring for individuals and families across all settings. preparing nurses to achieve this balance is a significant challenge. the education system should ensure that nurses have the intellectual capacity, human responsiveness, flexibility, and leadership skills to provide care and promote health whenever and wherever needed. education leaders and faculty need to prepare nurses with the competencies they need now and in the future. they need to prepare nurses to work and assume leadership roles not just in hospitals, but in communities, clinics, homes, and everywhere else nurses are needed.

on february 22, 2010 the initiative on the future of nursing held the last public forum in a series of three at the university of texas md anderson cancer center. this forum, which covered the education of nurses, consisted of three armchair discussions. each discussion was led by a moderator from the committee and focused on three broad, overlapping subjects: what to teach, how to teach, and where to teach. the verbal exchange among the discussants and moderators, prompted by additional questions from committee members at the forum, produced a wide-ranging and informative examination of questions that are critical to the future of nursing education. additionally, testimony presented by 12 individuals and comments made by members of the audience during an open microphone session provided the committee with valuable input from a range of perspectives...

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front matteri-xxvi
overview of the report15-18(skim)
1 key messages of the report19-42(skim)
2 study context43-68(skim)
3 transforming practice69-138(skim)
4 transforming education139-184(skim)
5 transforming leadership185-212(skim)
6 meeting the need for better data on the health care workforce213-226(skim)
7 recommendations and research priorities227-242(skim)
a methods and information sources243-260(skim)
b committee biographical sketches261-266(skim)
c highlights from the forums on the future of nursing267-272(skim)
d ncsbn consensus model273-316(skim)
e undergraduate nursing education317-322(skim)
f health care system reform and the nursing workforce: matching nursing practice and skills to future needs, not past demands323-346(skim)
g transformational models of nursing across different care settings347-384(skim)
h federal options for maximizing the value of advanced practice nurses in providing quality, cost-effective health care385-414(skim)
i the future of nursing education415-492(skim)
j international models of nursing493-560(skim)

Specializes in ICU, Education.

Thanks Vicky,

As always your input is so beneficial! I did not read all of the hyperlinks, but I did read some and I just went to a conference a couple weeks ago about how can we improve nursing education based on the recommendations of the IOM. I'm sure every one here knows about QSEN (quality & safety education for nurses). If you got to the website, you can find information & resources to help you address the six competencies identified by the IOM: Patient centered care, collaborative practice, evidence based practice, quality improvement, informatics, & safety. The website is:

QSEN - Quality Safety Education for Nurses

Specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds.

Thank you, Dorimar, for bringing up the very important information about QSEN. Learning modules for nursing faculty are offered here:

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