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Press Release to Host Panel Discussion on IOM's Future of Nursing Report

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Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) June 16, 2011, published by Gannett Healthcare Group, will host an expert panel discussion of the education recommendations in the Institute of Medicine's 2010 report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." The first National Day of Dialogue on the future of nursing and healthcare will be held before a live audience between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. ET on June 29, 2001, in McLean, Va. The event also will be live-streamed at

The National Day of Dialogue will feature a panel of speakers representing such broad-based stakeholders as the federal government, schools of nursing and healthcare organizations, who will address questions regarding the IOM’s recommendations for expanding nursing education to meet increasingly complex healthcare needs. The panelists include:

  • Mary Wakefield, RN, PhD, FAAN, administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Susan Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J. (via telephone)
  • Carol Porter RN, DNP, chief nursing officer and senior vice president, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
  • Muriel M. Shore, RN, Ed, dean and professor, division of nursing and health management, Felician College, Rutherford, N.J.
  • Jean Wortock, ARNP, PhD, dean and professor, college of nursing, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Linda Tieman, RN, MS, FACHE, executive director, Washington Center for Nursing, Tukwila, Wash.
  • Arwen Quinn, policy and initiatives director, Virginia Student Nursing Association, Radford University, Radford, Va.
  • Theresa Ameri, RN, MSN, CNE, CPN, professional development specialist, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Lauren Walker, RN, BSN, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  • Cristin Crutcher, RN, ADN, INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, Va.

Nurses can submit questions for discussion by the panel via email at futureofnursing(at)gannetthg(dot)com, Facebook(at)Nurse(dot)com or Twitter(at)Nurse(dot)com.

“Registered nurses can make significant contributions to the future of healthcare in the U.S., particularly under a changing healthcare system,” said Steve Hauber, publisher and CEO of Gannett Healthcare Group. “The National Day of Dialogue will be an important event for nurses as they position themselves to take on greater responsibility in a new healthcare environment. Fully understanding the report’s recommendations for the future education of nurses will take RNs one step closer to assuming their place at the table in discussions of the health and welfare of American citizens.”

The IOM report, released Oct. 5, 2010, following a two-year study conducted by the IOM and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recommends significant changes in nurses’ roles, responsibilities and education to meet rising demand for care under the reforms of the Affordable Care Act. Among its recommendations, the report supports high-level education and training for RNs, including the establishment of residency training programs to assist them in transitioning from education to practice. Additionally, the report recommends 80% of nurses have bachelor’s degrees by 2020.

There are more than 3 million nurses in the U.S., and they account for the single largest segment of the U.S. healthcare work force.

Nurses interested in viewing the live-stream broadcast can register at

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About the Institute of Medicine
The Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences and serves as adviser to the nation to improve health. The IOM asks and answers the nation’s most pressing questions about health and healthcare. Its aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely.
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