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"The Future of Nursing" Report, Explained

Downloadable guide summarizes the findings of this groundbreaking document

Leavenworth, Kan. (September 15, 2016) — In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its groundbreaking report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The in-depth, 672-page study presents a road map for how nursing must adapt to changes in health care. It continues to have a major impact on nursing at the individual, organizational, and policy levels. While many nurses are aware of the report, they may not understand its overall impact on their career and practice. To help them, the University of Saint Mary has created a free downloadable guide that summarizes the report’s key findings and recommendations.

The guide presents the report’s four key findings for how nursing can adapt to the changes in health care, from higher levels of education to more comprehensive and accurate workforce data collection. It also summarizes the report’s eight action-oriented recommendations for changes to nursing policies, laws, education, and practice to support those adaptations. Some of these suggestions are for collective action that requires collaboration between lawmakers, health care organizations, and other stakeholders. Others are steps that nurses can take on their own.

The guide can help answer questions nurses may have about how these changes will affect them, as well as actions they can take to support their own practice and career success. For example, nurses are encouraged to pursue higher levels of education (a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the minimum) to gain the critical thinking skills required in a complex health care environment — education they can pursue through the University of Saint Mary’s online RN to BSN and MSN programs. They are also encouraged to ensure nurses have a voice in policy making by joining committees, boards, and associations.

To download the guide, go to the University of Saint Mary’s nursing resource page.

About the University of Saint Mary:
Founded in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity, the University of Saint Mary places strong importance on the role of liberal arts education in fostering a sense of community and educating well-rounded individuals. We prepare students for value-centered lives making beneficial contributions to society both personally and professionally. Visit for more information.