IOM The Future of Nursing –
Leading Change, Advancing Health
In 2008 The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) partnered on a two-year initiative to explore strengthening nursing to become partners and leaders in improving the delivery of care and the health care system as a whole.
IOM Report Key Messages:
- A BSN education, relative to other educational pathways, introduces students to a wider range of competencies.
- Care within the hospital continues to grow complex as hospitals continue to receive patient with higher acuity levels. As a result, skill-level demands on nurses are greater than ever before.
- Care outside the hospital is also becoming more complex. Nurses are being asked to coordinate care among a variety of clinicians and community agencies.
- Certified nurses are role models of professional accountability. They distinguish themselves through a commitment to lifelong learning and career advancement. Certification is a mark of excellence, validating nurses’ specialized knowledge, skills and abilities against national standards.
Specifically, patient satisfaction and outcomes:
- Relate more to nurses’ educational levels than any other factor.
- Designation of BSN positively impacts everything from how well patients view their time spent in the hospital to patient mortality rates.
IOM recommends that 80% of nurses have their BSN by 2020.
What’s in it for the nurses?
- Potential for higher compensation and educational progression
- Empowering them to provide better lifestyles for themselves and their family
- More likely to stay in their jobs or advance to higher levels of authority in the institution