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Catalysts for Change: Harnessing the Power of Nurses to Build Population Health in the 21st Century

Nurses look over a patient's file.

How can nurses help our nation reverse course on the declining health of its citizens and promote the health of the U.S. population in the 21st century?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) set out to answer this question.

Nurses are uniquely suited to play a significant role in building the best possible health and well-being for all in our nation. Consistently named as the most trusted profession, nurses are everywhere: in our communities, our schools, businesses, homes, and, yes, our hospitals. They are educated to see each person for whom they care in the context of his or her life—all the factors that impact that person’s life and well-being. Indeed, nurses have a responsibility and an obligation—by virtue of their education—to promote population health no matter where and how they practice.

This executive summary is based on the white paper of the same name, authored by Judith Lloyd Storfjell, PhD, RN, FAAN; Betty Wehtje Winslow, PhD, RN; and Jasmine S.D. Saunders, MPH, with support from RWJF.