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.

Note: To view content after June 2017, visit Charting Nursing's Future at its new home on the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action website.  

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Nursing Interventions at the Start of Life

June 27, 2017 | Brief

Nurses have long pioneered programs to influence health and well-being at the start of life, but despite these programs’ success, they are far from universal.


The Case for Removing Barriers to APRN Practice

March 1, 2017 | Brief

The IOM issued The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which called for the removal of laws, regulations and policies that prevent APRNs from providing the full scope of health care services they are educated and trained to provide.


Boon or Bane?

December 1, 2016 | 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: Nurse Leadership, Nursing Care, and Teamwork Save Lives

May 1, 2016 | 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 | 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.