Dean Chosen for Future of Nursing 2030 Committee

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing’s motto is “UC See Nurses. We See Leaders.” The college’s Dean Greer Glazer, PhD, has once again embodied that motto by being chosen to serve on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Committee – made up of fifteen health care professionals from universities, health care systems and public health departments from all across the United States.

In 2009, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation partnered with the Institute of Medicine to produce The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which set a vision for nursing in 2020. The authoring committee produced a set of recommendations for the profession and provided a blueprint for improving nurse education, ensuring that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, providing opportunities for nurses to assume leadership positions and improving data collection for policymaking and workforce planning.

“Since the first Future of Nursing report was released in 2010, we have seen great progress in educating and diversifying the nursing workforce,” says Dr. Glazer. “Setting the vision for the profession into 2030 will require coordinated efforts from academia, practice and all key stakeholders. I’m honored to have been chosen to be part of the committee that will chart a path for nursing, helping our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century.”

The ad hoc committee, formed under the guidance of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, will build on the lessons learned from the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action as well as the current state of science and technology to help guide their assessment of the capacity of the profession to meet the anticipated health and social care demands from 2020 to 2030.

“As we consider the charge of the new committee and work ahead to achieve the vision driving this agenda, it is clear that academic nursing has a large role to play,” says Ann Cary, chair of the board of directors of the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN). “According to data published by the Center to Champion Nursing’s Campaign for Action, the percentage of nurses in the workforce with a baccalaureate degree or higher is at an all-time high of 56 percent. AACN’s own data shows growing diversity in our student population where more than one-third of all students currently enrolled in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs come from groups under-represented in nursing.”

Cary says a variety of current and emerging issues influence the field of nursing, from ongoing health care reform and integration of new technologies, as well as patient-centered care and respect for the profession and its expertise. Additionally, nurses serve in many community settings; therefore, the nursing profession is well-positioned to serve an important role in implementing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s vision for a culture of health.

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