In the next news item here on the Nursing Show let’s stay in the realm of the IOM Future of Nursing Report. That report is five years old now in 2015 and is half way to the 2020 goal set back in 2010. Are we getting there or not?

2010 Future of Nursing Goals

The goals outlined in the Future of Nursing report includes:

  • That nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  • Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
  • Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

So where are we on those lofty goals? Well, based on the news items I’ve been reporting here on the Nursing Show over the last five years, more states are allowing advanced practice nurses to work autonomously in the health care arena. But it’s not all of them by any measure.

Physicians Still Blocking Full Nursing Practice

Nurse-Practitioner-Pointing-Virtual-ScreenPhysician groups continue to tout patient safety issues despite all the research evidence to the contrary. More work needs to be done to educate legislators to the facts and research supporting full nursing practice.

The goal to promote more nurses going for doctorates shows promise as well. There are certainly more nursing doctoral programs around the country now than 5 years ago. These programs around the country are turning out more nurse educators, clinical practitioners and nurse researchers than ever before. But we are still short of qualified nursing faculty to educate the entry level nurses needed so there is still more work to be done here as well.

Informatics and Nursing

As far as nurses and workforce planning and information infrastructure, I’ll be asking the nurse informatics specialists about that when I attend their conference in Philly in just a few weeks. You can find out more about what they are doing at I’ll be bringing you segments from that conference as soon as I get back.

So the Future of Nursing report seems to show some progress. We still have room for more growth and movement on some of the issues but things are getting better. I’ll continue to cover these updates in the coming five years as well and we’ll do another look back as we approach 2020 to see what has been done so stay tuned here to

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Preventing Nurse Workplace Injury and Episode 340.



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