A collection of policy briefs focusing on nurses and nursing.

About This Series

Charting Nursing's Future aims to inform hospital executives, state and national lawmakers, nursing and nursing education leaders, and other policy-makers about a wide range of issues relating to the nursing shortage and the role of nurses in building a culture of health.

This series addresses topics such as nursing education, collaboration to ease the nursing shortage, recruitment and retention, transformation of the work environment, nursing workforce data collection, quality patient care, the nursing faculty shortage, and the role of nurse leaders in transforming public health.

Latest Content


The Value of Nursing in Building a Culture of Health (Part 1)

April 2, 2015 | Issue Brief

This policy brief showcases nurses’ roles in recognizing and addressing the social determinants of health, and their present-day contributions to prevention and health-promotion.


Nurses Shape Long-Term Health Care Services for Seniors

January 1, 2015 | Report

Nurses play an important role in designing and implementing programs that improve health care options for older Americans. Learn more from Charting Nursing’s Future, Issue 24.


Innovation in Clinical Nursing Education

September 24, 2014 | Issue Brief

Health care has evolved toward population health, care coordination, and other innovative practices. Yet, nursing education still emphasize hospital-based care. What are the most efficient ways to close the gap?


Ten Years After Keeping Patients Safe

March 3, 2014 | Issue Brief

Issue 22 of Charting Nursing's Future examines progress made in the 10 years since the IOM's "Keeping Patients Safe" report.


The Case for Academic Progression

September 1, 2013 | Issue Brief

Issue 21 of the Charting Nursing's Future series explores why nurses should advance their education and the strategies that make this feasible.

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