The landmark report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, released Oct. 5, 2010, has had considerable impact on the U.S. health care system and on how members of the health care workforce approach their work. Similarly, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action has made significant progress during its initial work to implement the report’s recommendations.

The campaign is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

The accomplishments of this first year include the following:

  • Groups have coalesced in nearly every state to respond to the report recommendations. Forty-eight states have campaign-designated Action Coalitions comprised of nurses and other health care professionals, business leaders, consumers and others.
  • CCNA has convened stakeholders through its Champion Nursing Coalition (48 national health care, business and consumer organizations) and Champion Nursing Council (27 national nursing organizations) to develop strategies to implement the IOM recommendations.
  • Connecticut has secured funding for simulation labs and is developing common curriculum agreements.
  • Florida is promoting community college transition to state college and community college/state college partnerships.
  • Vermont’s governor formed a state commission to implement select recommendations from the report. AARP Vermont is slated to join the commission.
  • As part of its fiscal 2012 funding for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the Senate Appropriations Committee called on Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, working with the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to develop a plan to implement the recommendations and to report back to the committee in early 2012.
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is collaborating with the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence to enhance efforts to increase the number of doctorally prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools.
  • Many national organizations announced their active support for the report and its recommendations, including the American Red Cross, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, National Medical Association and World Health Organization.
  • RWJF, in collaboration with other funders, has launched a research initiative to identify, generate, synthesize and share evidence essential to implementing the report recommendations. (In early 2012, RWJF also will announce new grantmaking to focus on the report recommendations around educational progression.)
  • The Future of Nursing continues to be one of the most visited reports on the IOM website. 
  • Campaign for Action has generated nearly 64 million media impressions in national and international news outlets.
  • States have hosted about 160 events related to the Campaign for Action, including statewide strategic planning sessions, stakeholder presentations, launch events and Action Coalitions webinars.
  • Campaign for Action spokespersons have presented at more than 120 venues in nearly 20 states.