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The Future of Nursing 2020 – 2030 report released


This story was published in the Fall 2021 issue of The Washington Nurse magazine.


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This spring, the National Academy of Medicine released The Future of Nursing 2020 – 2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. This report explores how nurses can work to reduce health dispar­i­ties and promote equity, while keeping costs at bay, utilizing technology, and maintaining patient and family-focused care into 2030.

The new report says that in the next 10 years, nursing will demand a larger, more diver­si­fied workforce prepared to:

  • Provide care in different settings.
  • Address the lasting effects of COVID-19.
  • Break down struc­tural racism and the root causes of poor health.
  • Respond to future public health emergencies.

This is a trans­for­ma­tional time for the field of nursing. While the pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of health care, the impacts on nursing may be the most profound — as demand for their skills is at an all-time high,” said Mary Wakefield, visiting professor at George­town Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin, and co-chair of the committee that wrote the report. Policy­makers and health system leaders must seize this moment to strengthen nurse educa­tion and training, integrate health equity into nursing practice, and protect nurses’ physical, emotional and mental well-being so they can provide the best care possible.” ν

To purchase or download the report, visit the National Academy of Medicine website.