The Future of Nursing and Health IT

The Quality Elixir

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN


Nurs Econ. 2011;29(5):286-289. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


The Institute of Medicine's (IOM, 2010) report, The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health, issues bold recommendations for nurses to help lead the transformation of health care. This can only be achieved through application of health information technologies that help improve quality, safety, and efficiency of care

No one is more important to the quality of patient care than the nurse. Everyone reading this column knows that. Now we have to make sure the rest of the world knows it too. Last fall the IOM and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (IOM, 2010). In previous issues of Nursing Economic$ you've learned about the key messages and recommendations embodied in the report as well as the call to action for partnerships across the country to implement the recommendations (Kovner & Spetz, 2011; Nickitas, 2010). The report, shepherded by a prestigious interprofessional committee, offers a prophecy for nurses to lead the transformation of health care. Each recommendation endeavors to strengthen the nursing workforce to provide exceptional care and leadership, actions that are necessary to fulfill this prophecy


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