The Future of Nursing Report: Where Are We Now?

HealthLeaders Media (03/15/19) Thew, Jennifer

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Dashboard of indicators details progress made on meeting the Institute of Medicine's (now the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) Future of Nursing recommendations. The report made recommendations in several areas: improving access to care, fostering interprofessional collaboration, promoting nursing leadership, transforming nursing education, increasing diversity in nursing, and collecting workforce data. In the education category, researchers suggest the recommendation that 80 percent of nurse graduates have baccalaureate degrees by 2020 will not be met until 2029. Meanwhile, the sector has more than doubled the number of nurses with doctorate degrees ahead of time, with 28,004 such nurses in 2017, up from 10,022 in 2010. Currently 22 states allow nurse practitioners to practice to the fullest extent of their training and education, with additional states progressing toward this objective. The recommendation to expand nurses' opportunities to lead and disseminate collaborative improvement processes has gained forward momentum. Additionally, 5,757 nurses who serve on boards have registered with the Nurses on Boards Coalition; the goal for 2020 is 10,000 nurses on boards. As for building a workforce data infrastructure, 25 states gather data on nurse education programs and nurse supply and demand. Other states, meanwhile, collect some of this information — which could be used in hiring decisions and when dealing with shortages.

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