The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: What We All Need to Know (224)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Saturday, September 17
In 2021, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), released the report Future of Nursing (FON) 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. This most recent report is the third report on the future of nursing, initially created with the sponsorship of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) published in 2011 (National Academy of Sciences). Nurses at all levels need to be familiar with the needs of the profession and how they can get involved and make a difference for themselves and their patients.
The last 2 years have been unprecedented with the COVID-19 global pandemic, the exposure of health care disparities, and the subsequent impact on the nursing workforce. 2020 and 2021 highlighted the inequities within the nursing profession, the need to focus on nurse well-being, and how more than ever, the need to strengthen the position of professional nurses to address the inequalities in access to healthcare through nurse-driven initiatives. The vision of the Committee of the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 is the “achievement of health equity in the United States built on strengthened nursing capacity and expertise” (National Academy of Sciences, p. 34). Nurses find themselves at a tipping point, to address the social determinants of health (SDOH), health equity, and health outcomes. The decade ahead of us will demand a more diversified, stronger nursing workforce to address systemic inequities. This session will explore the NAM FON report, and several of the recommendations that will position professional nurses to make meaningful contributions to achieving health equity and advance the profession of nursing.