John W. Rowe, MD, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University lectured on “The Future of Nursing” at New York University’s Helen & Martin Kimmel Center for University Life on Wednesday, October 12th. The guest lecture was presented by NYU College of Nursing.
Dr. Rowe’s lecture was based on the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report titled “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” released on October 5, 2010. In the report, the IOM makes recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing.
“Dr. Rowe has a profound understanding of the nursing profession and the transformation we see, and will continue to see, moving forward,” says Terry Fulmer, Dean of NYU College of Nursing. “The innovative thoughts, ideas and solutions surrounding the future of nursing resonated with our faculty and student body. We were honored to have him speak at NYU College of Nursing and know he will do all he can to advance the goals of the report.”
With more than 3 million employed nurses, Dr. Rowe believes the profession is the largest segment of the nation’s health care force. This, accompanied with the shortage of primary care providers and legislation enacted which will provide insurance coverage to health care for an additional 32 million Americans, highlights the important role nurses will play in transforming the nursing profession. He feels the United States has the opportunity to transform its health care system, and nurses, as the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce, can and should play a fundamental role in this transformation.
Dr. Rowe underscored a key point of the report: nurses are committed to delivering high-quality care under current regulatory, business, and organizational conditions. However, the power to change those conditions to deliver better care does not rest primarily with nurses. Responsibility also lies with governments, businesses, health care institutions, professional organizations and other health professionals, and the insurance industry.
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