Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Preparing the Nurse of the Future

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Preparing the Nurse of the Future

Article excerpt

When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing report hit the press in 2011, it hit big. We discussed it among our colleagues and students. We created a "read and reflect" assignment in a graduate role acquisition course. We developed quality improvement activities in the undergraduate Leadership and Management course.

In the years following, as we attended state and national meetings, we began to understand the full scope of the actions undertaken to implement the IOM recommendations. We learned that 51 Action Coalitions from across the country were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP through the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action to improve the health of the population, with nursing at the helm.

After attending a meeting at the state level - and learning of the efforts of our wonderful colleagues in Connecticut to prepare nurses for leadership positions in health care, create seamless education models, and educate nurses to more effectively impact population health - we wanted in. Then, as we were considering how we could be part of this collective effort, we received a call from the director of the Connecticut Nursing Collaborative-Action Coalition - they had a job for us to do.

As much as we had learned about the implementation of the IOM report, we still had no idea of the scope of the task that lay before us. …

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