The Nursing Profession: Development, Challenges, and Opportunities, the fifth and latest volume in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Series, is intended as a resource for those who are interested in or touched by nursing.
This important book, which complements the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, opens with a comprehensive review of the nursing field by co-editor, Diana J. Mason, the Rudin Professor of Nursing and Co-Director, Center for Health, Media and Policy, Hunter College, City University of New York. Mason’s co-editors are Stephen L. Isaacs, J.D., of the San Francisco consulting firm Isaacs/Jellinek and president of Health Policy Associates; and David C. Colby, Ph.D., RWJF’s vice president of research and evaluation.
At the heart of the book are reprints of 24 of the most influential articles on nursing, penned by authors spanning virtually the entire history of the profession. Bookending the reprinted articles are a foreword by RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, and an afterword by Donna Shalala, PhD and Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, MPH, MSN, BSN, respectively the chair and co-chair of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the IOM. Lavizzo-Mourey places the volume in the context of the Future of Nursing report, published by the IOM in October 2010.
This volume gives researchers, practitioners, foundation and government officials, students, and individuals interested in nursing a better understanding of the nursing field and the vital issues with which nursing professionals must grapple. The Nursing Profession includes topics such as
- Dealing with the nursing shortage
- Educating and training nurses
- Using advanced practice registered nurses to their fullest
- Quality and cost
- Long-term and community-based care
- Thoughts on gender and power
- A vision for the future
In one comprehensive volume, the editors capture the history, the latest developments, and the current challenges in the field.