SILVER SPRING, MD - The ANA Enterprise applauds the release of The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity (2021) report on May 11. The vision and recommendations in this report offered by an expert committee strive for health equity in the U.S. by strengthening the capacity and expertise of nursing. The recommendations focus on current and future challenges impacting the nursing workforce, its leadership, and education in order to reduce health disparities and address social determinants of health to advance health equity.
“Optimizing the vast contributions and integral role of contemporary nursing practice and leadership is essential to providing equitable, accessible, quality and culturally appropriate care and services to all patients and populations,” said ANA Enterprise CEO Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN. “The ANA Enterprise is committed to, and highly engaged in work that will help propel the thoughtful and bold recommendations offered in this report.”
Significant work is already underway within the ANA Enterprise to align with the goals and objectives to shape the future of nursing practice and health care. This work includes:
- Addressing racism in the nursing profession with the National Commission to Address Racism Nursing.
- Leveraging the power of nurse-led innovation to drive and lead transformative change.
- Advancing priority nursing practice, policy, and advocacy issues so nurses can practice to their full authority, as well as parity in payment for nursing services.
- Calling for major investments in nursing education and nursing leadership.
- Promoting nurses’ health and well-being through programs like Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation and the Well-being Initiative.
- Increasing awareness of the value of credentialing among individual registered nurses, programs, and organizations.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the ANA Enterprise has, and continues, to support and advocate for nurses working across all care settings, roles, and specialties. As a member of the Tri-Council for Nursing ANA, with support from the American Nurses Foundation, convened a summit of nursing leaders to identify critical lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and to brainstorm opportunities for transforming nursing and health care, now and in the decades ahead. The report, Transforming Together: Implications and Opportunities from the COVID-19 Pandemic for Nursing Education, Practice, and Regulation, details the blueprint for action that spans care settings, educational environments, regulatory agencies, and policy forums. This report identified themes that align with the recommendations in the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report. The six distinctive themes deemed essential to the future of nursing education, practice and regulation are: Equity and Health Equity; Ethics; Nursing Workforce; Innovation; Inter-Professional Emergency Planning and Response; and Mental Health and Wellbeing.
The ANA Enterprise, along with its constituent and state nurses associations is committed to collaborating with nursing organizations, health care systems, decision-makers and health care consumers to advance a culture of health for all patients and populations.
About the ANA Enterprise
The ANA Enterprise is the organizing platform of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation. The ANA Enterprise leverages the combined strength of each to drive excellence in practice and ensure nurses’ voice and vision are recognized by policy leaders, industry influencers and employers. From professional development and advocacy, credentialing and grants, and products and services, the ANA Enterprise is the leading resource for nurses to arm themselves with the tools, information, and network they need to excel in their individual practices. In helping individual nurses succeed—across all practices and specialties, and at each stage of their careers—the ANA Enterprise is lighting the way for the entire profession to succeed.