Implementation of the IOM future of nursing report

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Implementation of the IOM future of nursing report

The leading role of the committee that had been established in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was to implement that program aimed at studying the situation of nursing and then establishing a transformational report to enhance future of nursing. An ad hoc committee was established to examine the capability of the nursing workforce to achieve demands necessary for a reformed health care and public health system (Kenner, 2012). Thereafter, the committee was to come up with broad-range national recommendations encompassing delivery of excellent services in a strenuous environment and the ability of the nursing education system. The report also featured a blueprint and clear agenda for action including alterations in institutional and public policies across all levels in the country. The recommended changes mostly sided on application of innovation to solve numerous problems that the health care system was facing.

The report was important because its aim was to identify fundamental roles of nurses in creation and implementation of more efficient and effective health care system. The role of nursing professionals was to be re-conceptualized within the peripherals of societal issues, entire workforce, shortage, and current and future technology. The IOM future nursing report was also important because it was designed to increase capacity of nursing schools, expand nursing faculty, and redesign education system to produce adequate number of highly trained individuals who could meet current and future health care needs.

The IOM future nursing report was also imperative because it researched on innovative solutions in relation to health professional education and delivery of health care services. Emphasis was laid on delivery of nursing services and drawing and retaining well-trained nurses in various care settings, including long-term care, primary care, public health, community health, ambulatory, and acute care. The IOM future nursing report was to benefit individuals who had pursued or had intensions of pursuing nursing profession because their education and training was to be enhanced.

In other words, if the report were to be implemented fully, then nursing professionals in the country would have enjoyed a better rating as compared with their counterparts in other parts of the globe. Industry standards would have been raised considerably leading to delivery of excellent services and increasing probability of client satisfaction (Stahl, 2004). In that respect, many professional nurses would have retired with great feeling of gratitude and self-fulfillment having experienced exemplary delivery of services to thousands of clients.

The intention of campaign for action was mainly to improve level of professionalism by embracing innovation in both, education of nursing professionals and delivery of services. The campaign was to handle various issues that bedevil efforts to provide better services by coming up with workable strategies that were to be implemented with the help of government agencies and other private institutions (Sherwood, 2012). The campaign was to bring all relevant forces, within the education sector, health care sector, private sector, and government to come together to achieve a unified goal. The campaign for action was to make known challenges facing the health care sector, particularly from the perspective of professionals and quality of services, and then provide a framework for addressing the various challenges.

The rationale behind state based action coalition was to ease the process of implementation. The government is in charge of creation and implementation of regulations that are normally applied in the industry (Boswell, 2004). Therefore, inclusion of government agencies as the main stakeholder during the implementation phase was instrumental in enhancing success of the efforts. The government was a perfect partner in ensuring success of the implementation because it has all the necessary resources and power to make it a success. Many large health care and education institutions in the country are affiliated with the government, and therefore, it would be easier for the government to propose and ensure implementation of the recommended courses of action. A state-based action coalition is influential because it covers many spheres of the society. In that way, various stakeholders in the society could easily adopt recommended courses of action.

An example of state-based action coalition in the United States is the Arizona Action Coalition. The aim of the state-based action coalition in Arizona was to transform health care via nursing. The coalition was formed with clear understanding that the health care system faces numerous needs and challenges. One of the core initiatives of the state-based coalition was to form a working relationship with different stakeholders to help in formulation of a model for providing innovative solutions to nursing and health care problems in the region (Kenner, 2012). Another initiative of the Arizona state-based coalition was a training program that was aimed at assisting the diverse workforce to gain essential skills and expertise needed for improving quality of services provided. It was realized that if nurses had to be as effective as possible, then they had to be better prepared to handle complex patient needs. The only way that high-quality patient care could be achieved was through training health care workforce to equip them with necessary skills to handle various situations.



Boswell, C. (2004). Introduction to nursing research: incorporating evidence-based practice        (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Kenner, C. (2012). Learning IOM: implications of the Institute of Medicine Reports for nursing      education. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.

Sherwood, G. (2012). Quality and safety in nursing a competency approach to improving outcomes. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Stahl, M. J. (2004). Encyclopedia of health care management. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage           Publications.


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