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More Than Just Another Report on Nursing

Editorial More Than Just Another Report on Nursing SAGE Publications, Inc. 201010.1177/1527154410394154 © The Author(s) The Author(s) David M.Keepnews PhD, JD, RN, FAAN Since 1923 (starting with that year’s Goldmark Report), there have been several thoughtful reports on nursing issued by prestigious organizations, developed by smart, accomplished people offering a range of forward-thinking recommendations. Many have led to increased awareness of needed changes in nursing and/or nursing education, but little immediate, appar- ent change. Thus some degree of skepticism over the release of a new report on nursing might be understandable. Fortunately, however, there are reasons to believe that the recently released report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine, 2010), will be more than just another report on nursing. First, of course, is the political and social context in which the report has been developed. The United States is focused on reforming its health care system. Health reform legislation has finally been enacted—an historic accomplishment in and of itself. Even though that legislation faces challenges, health reform remains a national priority. Significant problems with the U.S. health http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice SAGE

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