IOM Future of Nursing Recommendations

Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020

The individuals in the academic field of nursing need to work in collaboration with all the schools that offer nursing education. The increase in nurses is projected to range between 50 percent and 80 percent by the year 2020. The establishment of partnerships with the leaders and bodies that accredit education, employers, and the public and private funders will be of great help in achieving the projections. As such, they will ensure that the progress has a robust monitoring system and assist in the increment in the diversity of students (Cherry, 2008). The commission for accrediting nurses should collaborate with Collegiate Nursing Commission to promote the education of nurses in various nursing schools.

It should ensure that the schools provide a defined academic pathway that will promote a seas access to training, so that the nurses can obtain higher levels of education. The stakeholders must provide a form of support and motivation such as offering them promotion opportunities, salary differential, and tuition reimbursement.

Loans and grants for students pursuing nursing should be expanded by the US federal agencies that deal with health resources for nurses. In addition, the private funders and the state can also assume a significant role in the promotion the training of nurses (Cherry, 2008). Joint classroom and opportunities for the clinic raining would assist in addressing a successful collaboration that would motivate and increase the proportion of nurses.

Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020

The increase is an anticipated fifth provision. The progress of all the nursing schools that have accreditation would require close monitoring to ensure that at least a tenth of the baccalaureate graduates enroll into a doctoral or master’s program within five years of graduation. Finances for programs that guarantee accelerated degree programs for nurses should also be increased. As such, there will be an increase in the number of nurses with master’s and doctoral certificates by 2020 (Wong, Hockenberry & Wilson, 2011).

Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning

This recommendation aims at setting strategies that will promote engagement of nurses in continuous learning programs in order to enhance continuity in the education for nursing students and nurses in the faculty. Based on the recommendation, there will be a realization of long-term learning and a consequent gain of competencies that will aid in the provision of quality care for the diverse populations. However, there should be a prioritization in the development of competent curricular through the partnership with health care organizations. There ought to be a policy provision so that learners can graduate at all levels of education with competence to meet the current and future health needs (Wong et al., 2011).

From the above, it suffices that an increase in the level of education will have positive effects on the competitiveness of the nursing career in the current job market and will improve specialization in a certain line of skills. A great future in the nursing career is expected to be based on the above developments. For this reason, clients will develop confidence and more trust upon learning that nurses working for a particular organization have specialized expertise. In addition, increasing the level of education will affect the role of any person in the future of nursing by improving the quality of the service delivered (Huber, 2006). The implementation of the provisions will place nurses in a good position to provide quality care to patients based on the realized quality training and adequate proportion of nurses that meet the needs of the patients.


Cherry, B. (2008). Contemporary nursing: issues, trends & management. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby/Elsevier.

Huber, D. (2006). Leadership and nursing care management. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.

Wong, L., Hockenberry, M. and Wilson, D. (2011). Wong’s nursing care of infants and children. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby/Elsevier.

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