Released in October 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, is a thorough examination of the nursing workforce. The recommendations offered in the report focus on the critical intersection between the health needs of diverse, changing patient populations across the lifespan and the actions of the nursing workforce. These recommendations are intended to support efforts to improve the health of the U.S. population through the contributions nurses can make to the delivery of care.

The eight recommendations offered in the report are centered on four main issues:

  1. Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  2. Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  3. Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
  4. Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

The report is designed to serve as a framework for changes in the nursing profession and the health care delivery system. These nurse-led solutions are directed to individual policy makers, national state and local government leaders, payers, health care researchers, executives and professionals – including nurses and others – as well as to larger groups such as licensing bodies, education institutions, and philanthropic and advocacy organizations, especially those advocating for consumers. Since its release in October 2010, The Future of Nursing has remained the top visited report on the IOM’s website.

Full IOM report click here

  • Report Recommendations (PDF, HTML)
  • The Future of Nursing: Focus on Education (PDF, HTML)
  • The Future of Nursing: Focus on Scope of Practice (PDF, HTML)
  • Accessing Primary Care: Barriers to Nurse Practitioner Practice (HTML)
  • Infographic - The Future of Nursing (JPG, HTML)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)

In 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked the IOM to convene a committee to assess progress made on implementing The Future of Nursing report recommendations and identify areas that should be emphasized over the next 5 years. 

Assessing Progress on the IOM Report The Future of Nursing click here

  • Report in Brief (PDF)
  • Release Slides (PDF)

Also working to implement IOM recommendations is the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP and RWJF. The Campaign is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of those same three organizations. The Campaign envisions a future where everyone can live a healthier life, supported by a system in which nurses are essential partners in providing care and promoting health.

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