The US NAP have just published a report on the ‘Future of Nursing’. I’ve only skimmed it, but I’m impressed enough that I’ve ordered a copy. The US are facing exactly the same types of problem that we face, albeit in an even more dysfunctional system.
The authors note the accumulating evidence that nurses have a vital role in delivering care which is of high quality, accessible, and provides value for money.
They have 4 key messages :-
- Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
- Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
- 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.
We need to pay attention. The whole report is available from the link above, (registration is required), and ought to be compulsory reading for us all.