Nurses Leading Change to Advance Health
Florence Nightingale’s prescient words explain the urgency behind nurse leaders’ efforts to implement the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (IOM, 2011). Released in 2010, this landmark report galvanized the nursing field to take the necessary steps to provide exceptional care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health system. The report offered eight evidence-based recommendations in the areas of education, practice, leadership, interprofessional collaboration, and diversity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest health philanthropy, and AARP, the nation’s largest consumer organization, believed that implementing these recommendations could significantly improve health and heath care. They formed the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide initiative to advance the IOM recommendations. The Campaign is composed of many partners within and outside health and healthcare settings. Nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners have been pivotal to advancing the recommendations within their organizations. Their expertise will be critical to further success and sustaining hard-won gains.