IOM & RWJ Publication Released Forum on the Future of Nursing: Acute Care Today


The Institute Of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson released A Summary of the October 2009 Forum on the Future of Nursing: Acute Care. This publication summarizes the discussions of the Forum, which brought together more than 300 participants at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA to explore new approaches that involve nurses providing safe, efficient, and effective care in acute care settings and across the health continuum. The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), cosponsored by AMIA & HIMSS, provided testimony at the October Forum which was presented by Joyce Sensmeier MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Vice President, Informatics HIMSS and ANI co-chair. ANI’s position is that “meaningful use” of health information technology (HIT), when combined with best practice and evidence-based care delivery, will improve healthcare for all Americans. This is an essential foundation for the future of nursing and informatics nurses must be engaged as leaders in the effective use of information technology to impact the quality and efficiency of healthcare services. Thus, nurses must be supported by a healthcare environment that adequately enables their knowledge-based work as:

  • Leaders in the Effective Design and Use of EHR systems  
  • Integrators of Information  
  • Full Partners in Decision Making  
  • Care Coordinators Across Disciplines  
  • Experts to Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency and Reduce Health Disparities  
  • Advocates for Engaging Patients and Families  
  • Contributors to Standardize Infrastructure within the EHR  
  • Researchers for Safe Patient Care  
  • Educators for Preparing the Workforce

The membership organizations of ANI are well positioned to assist with future development efforts to support the future of nursing, and welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and all stakeholders on this important endeavor.

 source: HIMSS website