The Campaign for Action is working on both the national level and in every state, engaging with consumers, nurses, other clinicians, insurers, health care systems, employers, educators, funders, and public policy makers—all the stakeholders who need to be involved in system change.
Guided by the eight IOM recommendations, our work is focused on five areas. They are:
Leadership: We need to expand the ability of nurses to influence system change on management teams, in boardrooms, policy debates, and within our communities.
Practice and Care: America is faced with a shortage of primary care physicians and increasing health care costs. As the largest number of health professionals, the nation’s three million nurses can transform the health care system and are pivotal to efforts to provide access to care for patients. We need to remove barriers that limit nurses and other providers from practicing to the full level of their education and training.
Education and Training: To prepare nursing to meet the challenges of the future, we need to strengthen nurse education and training. This will ensure that current and future generations of nurses can deliver safe, quality, patient-centered care across all settings.
Interprofessional Collaboration: Interprofessional collaboration improves individual and population outcomes, and quality indicators. As the delivery of care becomes more complex, and the need to coordinate care among physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and others becomes ever more important, training professionals to work in well-functioning teams is essential.
Diversity: We need a nursing workforce that better reflects our patient population and that can provide culturally appropriate services. In other words, we need to recruit and educate the nursing workforce of the future.