The Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2010 report is an action-oriented vision for improvement and advancing health care to provide for a better, healthier nation. We can provide an improved health care service through the utilization of collaborative efforts from the interdisciplinary team, especially nurses. Nurses are the largest and trusted healthcare workforce, and through expansion of their education, knowledge and leadership skills can lead the transformation of a more effective and efficient health care system. The four recommendations of the IOM report are:
• Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
• Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
• Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
• Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure. (Institute of Medicine, 2010)
The impact on nursing education
In 2010 the IOM released an in-depth look at the future of nursing recommending changes necessary to create a better health environment for the United States population. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the research and opened funds to initiate the drive for change. The report was conducted to address the prospective complex needs of healthcare. One recommendation was Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
The IOM believes that nurses can meet those demands. The report calls for bachelor educated entry-level nurses to accompany the healthcare reform. The increases of knowledge of chronic conditions and narrow healthcare system management have limited the basis of care. By educating nurses of the transitioning care capacity we can provide care to a wider population and give information to improve the health of the nation. When furthering education from the associate’s degree to the BSN, MSN, or doctoral degree level, the nursing profession will be better qualified to manage patient needs and lead the redesign of healthcare. According to reports from staff of the RWJF many nurses have returned to college to receive high education, some states already having reached the IOM 2020 goal of 80% Baccalaureate nurse staff ratio (Report in Brief, 2015).