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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:

  1. A BSN education, relative to other educational pathways, introduces students to a wider range of competencies.
  2. 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.
  3. Care outside the hospital is also becoming more complex. Nurses are being asked to coordinate care among a variety of clinicians and community agencies.
  4. 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



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