Panel to Discuss IOM's Future of Nursing Report

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The UCSF School of Nursing has invited a panel of experts to discuss the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report and to mobilize the UCSF community to think constructively about a shared vision for improving access to better patient care.

The panel discussion is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, in Health Sciences West, room 301 on the UCSF Parnassus campus.

The IOM report, titled “Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” is available on the IOM website.

The panelists will provide an overview of the IOM Future of Nursing report, the California RAC goals for operationalizing the IOM recommendations, the UC schools of nursing common goals, and the UCSF vision for realizing a shared goal to improve patient access to care. The panel includes:

  • John Rowe, professor, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; member of the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing;

  • Deloras Jones, executive director, the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care and chair, California Regional Action Coalition Executive Committee;

  • Heather Young, dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis and a member, California Regional Action Coalition Executive Committee; and

  • Josh Adler, chief medical officer, UCSF Medical Center.

Working on the front lines of patient care, nurses can play a vital role in helping realize the objectives set forth in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, legislation that represents the broadest health care overhaul since the 1965 creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the IOM reports.

A number of barriers prevent nurses from being able to respond effectively to rapidly changing health care settings and an evolving health care system. These barriers need to be overcome to ensure that nurses are well positioned to lead change and advance health, according to the IOM.