Latest Charting Nursing's Future Brief Focuses on IOM's Recommendations for Nurses' Educational Progression

Sep 14, 2011, 3:15 PM, Posted by

Following up on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s landmark Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report, the latest edition of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Charting Nursing’s Future series focuses on increasing the formal education of the nation’s nursing workforce. Perhaps most notably, the report calls for greater emphasis on bachelor’s and doctoral degrees, and sets specific targets to be achieved by 2020. Among those targets: increasing the share of the nursing workforce with a bachelor’s or higher degree to 80 percent, and doubling the current percentage of nurses with doctoral degrees.

As the new Charting Nursing’s Future brief observes, these goals “will require fundamental changes: new competency-based curricula; seamless educational progression; more funding for accelerated programs, educational capacity building, and student diversity; and stronger employer incentives to spur progression.” The publication covers each of these topics in detail, discussing key challenges and solutions, and offering success stories from programs already in place.

The issue is the first of four that will focus on implementing Future of Nursing recommendations.

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.