Charting Nursing's Future

Periodic issue briefs illuminating a key topic related to nurses and nursing.

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About This Series

Charting Nursing's Future aims to inform hospital executives, state and national lawmakers, nursing and nursing education leaders, and other policymakers 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.

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Boon or Bane?

December 7, 2016 | Issue Brief

This report explores the challenges associated with three health care technologies—electronic health records, alarms, and lifting devices—that are intended to help nurses and others provide effective care.


When Disaster Strikes

May 1, 2016 | Issue Brief

Experts agree that we can expect more natural disasters, terrorist events and novel infectious diseases in our lifetimes. This issue brief highlights the crucial role of nurses and interprofessional communication in preparation for emergencies.


The Changing Face of Nursing

January 20, 2016 | Issue Brief

Experts believe a more diverse health care workforce is needed to improve the quality of patient care as the U.S. becomes more demographically diverse. A range of strategies for diversifying the nursing workforce have proved effective.


The Value of Nursing in Building a Culture of Health (Part 2)

September 1, 2015 | Issue Brief

Across the country, nurses are promoting a Culture of Health by helping employers create work environments that improve and protect employee health. Nurses play a crucial role in identifying hazards, delivering urgent care and promoting well-being.


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.