By Christine Moffa, MS, RN, AJN clinical editor

The IOM report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health came out this past October, causing a flurry of excitement among some in the nursing world and groans of “big deal” among others. My immediate instinct was to shrug my shoulders and wonder if yet another report will really make a difference at the bedside.

AJN addressed the report and its implications in our December 2010 and February 2011 issues—so I knew it must be very important. But, for some reason, I had assumed it was going to be a dry, unreadable bore. And I put off reading it until recently, when I needed to use it as a reference. And wow, was I in for a surprise! I especially liked the inclusion of real case studies of nurses from different backgrounds and work experience who are making a difference in health care.

It’s inspirational, and I encourage all nurses out there—and anyone with a stake in health care (that’s pretty much everybody)—to take a look. (Tip: I found downloading the PDF version didn’t take long, and it was much easier to navigate than the HTML version.) If you’d like to hear more on the report and what it means to nurses, sign up for our upcoming Webcast about it. Let us know if you have any questions or comments, and we can try to address them in the discussion. Here’s the official promo info:

LWW Nurse Editors’ Roundtable – The Future of Nursing
Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 12:00 pm EDT / 9:00 am PDT

After a two-year collaborative effort, the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued their report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. It offers several key messages and details recommendations to transform the nursing profession and advance health care.

Anne Dabrow Woods, MSN, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, chief nurse of Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) and Ovid Technologies, will lead a roundtable conversation with five of the leading LWW nursing journal editors to discuss what this report means to staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers and administrators, and the nursing profession. In addition, each editor will discuss how their journal is supporting this initiative throughout 2011.
Joining Anne will be:

  • Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy, MA, RN, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing
  • Richard Hader, PhD, NE-BC, RN, CHE, CPHQ, FAAN, editor-in-chief of Nursing Management and senior vice-president and chief nursing officer of Meridian Health System
  • Janet Fulton, PhD, RN, editor-in-chief of Clinical Nurse Specialist and associate professor at Indiana University
  • Jamesetta Newland, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, DPNAP, editor-in-chief of The Nurse Practitioner and clinical associate professor at New York University
  • Suzanne Smith, EdD, RN, FAAN, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) and Nurse Educator

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