What is the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action?
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is a national initiative to guide implementation of the recommendations in The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, a landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report.
The campaign envisions a health care system where all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. It is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
The campaign includes 51 state Action Coalitions and a wide range of health care providers, consumer advocates, policy-makers, and business, academic and philanthropic leaders.
How did the Campaign for Action come to be?
The Campaign for Action launched shortly after the release of the IOM report, which was the product of a two-year effort by the IOM and RWJF, the Initiative on the Future of Nursing, to address the challenges facing the nursing profession. At the center of this effort was an 18-member expert committee led by former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala. The committee’s report provides a blueprint for transforming the nursing profession to improve the quality of health care and the way it is delivered. The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action builds on recommendations in The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
What did the IOM report say, and why is it important?
The Future of Nursing identifies the nursing profession—whose more than three million members make it the largest health care profession—as central to efforts to remake the U.S. health care system so that all Americans have access to high-quality and cost-effective care. To help achieve this, the report concludes 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 an improved information infrastructure.
The report calls on the nation’s leaders and stakeholders to act on recommendations in these four key areas. Many nursing organizations have long been committed to strengthening their profession, and their past work provides much of the foundation for advancing the IOM recommendations.