The University of Maryland School of Nursing (SON) drew leaders from nursing education, health care, business, and state government organizations, and physicians and elected officials, to a conference Sept. 23 in response to a 2010 groundbreaking Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
The purpose of the Maryland Summit on the Future of Nursing was to develop a strategic plan for implementing the recommendations of the IOM report in Maryland. The summit was led by the executive committee of the Maryland Action Coalition, one of 36 state-based coalitions named by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. The Maryland coalition's designation was announced Sept. 26 by the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and the AARP Foundation.
Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the SON and a member of the Maryland Action Coalition executive committee, welcomed the 200 participants to the all-day, working conference. "This is a call to action for nursing, and for the country," she said. "The vision of the IOM report is that all Americans have access to high-quality, patient-centered care in a health care system where nurses contribute as essential partners in transforming the health care delivery system."
Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, JD, urged the group to help the state meet an expected need for 11,000 new nurses by 2018. One way to strengthen the nursing work force, he said, would be to increase the number of advanced degrees, thus making nursing educators "the force multiplier."
"The Future of Nursing campaign could not have come at a better time," said William Novelli, MA, distinguished professor of the practice, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and former chief executive officer of AARP, in his keynote address. "The nation, indeed the entire world, is aging. Chronic disease management is becoming increasingly important. And so is advanced illness and end-of-life care."
Novelli said he learned much more about the importance of America's 3 million nurses when he served on the RWJF/IOM Committee on the Future of Nursing: "I came to see that nurses are the principal care providers to people of all ages in all health care settings. Nurses can and must play a vital role in helping realize the objectives set forth in the 2010 Affordable Care Act."
Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, executive director, Johns Hopkins Medicine Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation, presented "Linking the IOM Report and Health Care in Maryland." She said health care reform is needed because our nation's current system is "expensive, ineffective, and unjust."
Allan noted in her remarks that to achieve the report's vision, the RWJF/IOM committee "in its wisdom stated that a political/stakeholder coalition must be built around the report to help in the implementation." Participants in the summit included Maryland Senator Delores Kelley, PhD, MA, and Paula Hollinger, RN, Maryland Department Health and Mental Hygiene associate director, health workforce, and former member of the Maryland Senate.
In the photo above, Kelley, left, is shown with Denise Seigart, PhD, RN, Stevenson University associate dean, nursing education, center, and Allan as they discuss the promotion of doctoral education among nurses. That was one of the themes of the summit's working groups - one for each of the IOM's recommendations.
Conference attendees worked in eight groups to begin drafting a strategic plan for implementing The Future of Nursing's recommendations in Maryland. The recommendations are: remove ccope-of-practice barriers; expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaboration improvement efforts; implement nurse residency programs; increase the proportion of nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to 80 percent by 2020; double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020; ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning; prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health; and build an infrastructure for collection/analysis of interprofessional health care work force data.
In addition to Allan, members of the coalition's executive committee are Neil Meltzer, MD, president and CEO, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and senior vice-president, LifeBridge Health; Lynn Reed, executive director, Governor's Workforce Investment Board; Frank Calia, MD, MACP, vice dean of clinical affairs, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care and CEO, Franklin Square Hospital and president, Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives; Kelly Nevins Petz, CRNA, president, Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists; Nancy Adams, MBA, RN, president, Maryland Board of Nursing; and Pat Travis, PhD, CCRP, RN, president, Maryland Nurses Association.