The Future of Nursing Report Three Years Later

Sue Hassmiller

This interview with the Senior Adviser for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a look back at the legacy of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report: Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, released in 2011.

"One of the most significant accomplishments is that people and groups who previously had not worked together are now convening in positive ways..."

IOM's report provided a blueprint to strengthen the nursing workforce by advancing nursing education. A core recommendation of the report is to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health created a catalyst to improve the quality of nursing care. Implementing the report’s recommendations is a complex and long-term task.