Building Community: Developing Skills for Interprofessional Health Professions Education and Relationship-Centered Care

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Abstract

The restructuring of the health care system has raised numerous questions about the nursing work force:Are we preparing too many nurses? Are nurses being prepared to work in a market-driven, managed care health delivery system? Should some schools be closed? Should enrollments be reduced? Should new kinds of programs be offered? As the 1993-1995 National League for Nursing Board of Governors struggled with policy decisions surrounding the preparation of the nursing work force for a restructured health care system, it was thought that such decisions needed to reflect a futuristic view of both health care and education. Specific questions about nursing education and the nursing work force could then be answered in terms of opportunities within that future. [section sign] Because of the complexity of nursing work force issues, the Board endorsed the creation of a President's Commission to address them. The Commission on a Workforce for a Restructured Health Care System was chaired by Richard Lamm, health reform advocate and the former Governor of Colorado. The final report of the Commission is available in its entirety on the NLN website (http://www.nln.org). Only the conclusions and recommendations are published here, starting on page 91. [section sign] In 1995, the NLN commissioned an Interdisciplinary Health Education Panel to examine issues related to interdisciplinary education and make recommendations for future implementation. The Panel's work spanned 1995 through 1996. The final report of the panel is presented here and available on the NLN website.

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