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The Future of Nursing: The Institute of Medicine Report

      I HAVE DEVOTED this editorial to the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report to assure that we as a specialty are aware of its ramifications. It is imperative that as perianesthesia specialty nurses we ensure our place at the health policy table. Nursing with more than 3 million members, is the largest segment of the health care workforce in the United States. Nurses, who work on the frontlines of patient care, are vital to success in responding to rapidly changing health care settings and an evolving health care system.
      • Institute of Medicine
      The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health (report brief). October 2010.
      Unfortunately, few have been at the formal policy tables and some current barriers prevent us from an effective response.
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      References

        • Institute of Medicine
        The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health (report brief). October 2010.
        (Available at:) (Accessed February 14, 2011)
        • Institute of Medicine
        The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health.
        (Available at:) (Accessed February 14, 2011)
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      2. Harasim P. Nurse residency program hones skills: Training bridges gap between schools, jobs. Las Vegas Review-Journal. November 28, 2010. Available at: http://www.lvrj.com/news/nurse-residency-program-hones-skills-110930569.html. Accessed February 14, 2011.

        • Institute of Medicine
        The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. (Report recommendations.).
        (Available at:) (Accessed February 14, 2011)

      Biography

      Jan Odom-Forren, PhD, RN, CPAN, FAAN, is a Perianesthesia Nursing Consultant in Louisville, KY, and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY