Four key messages from the IOM recommendations report are meant to change and impact nursing practice and education, as well as leadership and workforce development. First, nurses should practice at the highest level of education and training. It encourages them to assume greater responsibility for patient care, by using their knowledge and expertise to offer a higher standard of service. In the second message, doctors and nurse collaborate more closely to achieve better patient outcomes. Thirdly, the message urges nurses to take on leadership roles when it comes to shaping policy in healthcare at every level. This includes increasing visibility of nurses within organizations and advocating improved standards for safety, accessibility to care, data analysis, etc. Fourth, it is important that the private and public sectors support nursing workforce development by investing in scholarships and grants to allow for more people to attend high-quality education programs.
By implementing these messages into nurse’s practices it has allowed them not only become invaluable members of the health team but also empowered them with the knowledge they need to make decisions that improve overall patient care while promoting growth within their field of study.