Florence Nightingale never could have predicted the current, complex landscape of the nursing profession when she built its foundations more than a century ago. But her vision is still alive, as evidenced in recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing report and its 2015 follow-up assessment.
Health care reform will be a constant over the next few years, and nurses must be at the table for decision-making nationally, regionally, and locally.
Drawing on feedback about the IOM's vision of nursing from a representative sample of nurses, as well as thoughts on both sets of recommendations, Nightingale's Vision: Advancing the Nursing Profession Beyond 2020 brings into focus the status of each recommendation, and the ways in which Florence Nightingale's vision aligns with them. The IOM recommendations are a blueprint, but all nurses must understand them and be involved in their success. Applicable to any practicing nurse in any role or setting, Nightingale's Vision: Advancing the Nursing Profession Beyond 2020 is an essential reference to guide nurses in the advancement of their profession in the next decade and beyond.
Florence Nightingale would approve!
PhD, RN, NE-BC
Renowned author of What Would Florence Do? A Guide for New Nurse Managers, Sue Johnson, PhD, RN, NE-BC, has been a practicing nurse for 50 years. Dr. Johnson is currently principal of RN Innovations LLC, a professional development education firm in Fort Wayne, IN. Prior to her retirement from hospital nursing in 2011, she was employed as Director of Clinical Excellence and Nursing Research at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, IN. Her nursing roles have included staff nurse, manager, nursing resource management specialist, educator, accreditation specialist, and nurse director.