Future Of Nursing

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Key point number 3 from the institute of medicine’s (IOM) report on the future of nursing is reviewed, along with the recommendations to achieve this goal. Evaluation of the importance of leadership in relation to nursing and the healthcare profession, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction, evidenced by different research.
Keywords: Leadership, Nursing, IOM

Introduction
In 2008, the Robert Woods Johnson foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) joined forces to assess the changes needed to improve nursing as a profession. A committee was formed to create a report with a recommendation and action plans for the improvement of the nursing profession. The IOM report, the future of nursing
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It is clear there are not enough nurses in leadership positions to be able to adequately make a positive change in healthcare for the future. The IOM report asks nurses to take responsibility for continuing education and seeking mentoring programs to improve leadership skills. There are different ways to be a leader in healthcare, not all leaders are given a leadership title. According to Downey, Parslow, & Smart (2011) there are an abundance of informal leaders, and those nurses with leadership capabilities and characteristics should be recognized within the facility and mentored. These informal leaders have the capability to influence patient care at the bedside, and lead by example and impact colleagues with influence (Downey, Parslow, & Smart, 2011). These informal leaders are a resource taken for granted in most cases and should be considered a treasure, the nurse managers should cultivate these informal leaders to be future leaders within healthcare. Informal leaders among nursing staff are usually expert nurses, those who get volunteered for leading teams, other nurses migrate to them, make the unit a team, and are model employees with an excellent work ethic. (Downey, Parslow, & Smart, 2011). These informal leaders should be groomed to be the future titled leaders …show more content…
48 states now have action coalitions to accomplish recommendations. These coalitions are made up of nurses, healthcare professionals, leaders in business and other leaders in the states or communities. The RWJF has started a research initiative that is dedicated to research that will help with the implementation of the IOM recommendations. The RWJF is also doing grants for continuation and improvement of nursing education. Great efforts are being made by many different organizations to implement the recommendations and improve nursing as a profession (RWJF, 2011). More recent evaluations of the initiative, including surveys of the numbers of nurse leaders is virtually non-existent for the

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