Date: October 22, 2009
- Donna Shalala, PhD, former US Secretary of Health and Human Services, President, University of Miami
- Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, Institute of Medicine
- Pat Rutherford, RN, MS, Vice President, IHI
There may be a shortage of nurses in many parts of the US, but there’s no shortage of rethinking and redesign underway to strengthen the profession and to help nurses be more effective providers of quality patient care. Health care reform, along with a greater emphasis on primary care and prevention, are just some of the forces that point to a more prominent, satisfying, and critical role for nurses in the near future.