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GW Study Monitors Progress of Nursing Reforms in Healthcare Facilities

A new study led by Dr. Patricia Pittman, an associate professor of health policy at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, looks at how well health care organizations are doing when it comes to implementing a set of nursing reforms outlined by a 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

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[Photo: Dr. Patricia Pittman]

Dr. Pittman and her colleagues surveyed nursing leaders in 2011 and again the summer of 2013 to assess steps taken to implement key IOM recommendations. Since the 2011 survey, the 2013 study found that hospitals and other healthcare organizations had made the most strides in three areas: increasing the number of employed RNs with at least a bachelor’s degree; expanding the proportion of institutions with nurse residency programs; and offering opportunities for continuing education for nurses.

“Our findings suggest that healthcare organizations are changing and working to put in place key nursing reforms that the IOM highlighted in its landmark report,” says Dr. Pittman. The study, “The Future of Nursing: Monitoring the Progress of Recommended Change in Hospitals, Nurse-Led Clinics, and Home Health and Hospice Agencies,” appeared online January 9 in The Journal of Nursing Administration. The study was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Read more about Dr. Pittman’s research on nursing reforms.