Three nurses were among the Institute of Medicines 70 new members announced Oct. 21.
The nurse members are Susan Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, senior adviser for nursing for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., and director of RWJFs Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action; Beverly Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN, CEO of the National League for Nursing in New York City; and Bernadette Melnyk, RN, PhD, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, dean and professor at the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio States College of Medicine.
Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service, according to an IOM news release.
New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, healthcare and public health, according to the news release.
Members of the IOM, who total 1,753 in all, pledge to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards and other activities. Examples of recent IOM projects include studies of the benefits of including physical activity in the school environment, direct health outcomes of sodium intake, regional variations in Medicare spending, child abuse and neglect in the U.S., improved delivery of cancer care, the commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the U.S., post-deployment needs of Iraq and Afghanistan service members, gun violence research priorities in the U.S., and the international problem of illegitimate and substandard medications.
Three years ago, the IOM issued a comprehensive report on nursing. “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” included recommendations for how nurses could optimize their contributions to healthcare in the wake of fundamental changes to the industry.
Singing their praises
RWJF lauded the election of Hassmiller, who in her role as director of the Campaign for Action leads a nationwide effort to transform nursing in accordance with the recommendations of the IOMs 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Hassmiller has been with RWJF since 1997.
Susan Hassmiller is an exceptional asset to the Foundation and to the field of healthcare, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of RWJF, the nations largest healthcare philanthropy, said in a news release. We are thrilled that the Institute of Medicine has recognized her for something the Foundation has long known: that she exemplifies the qualities of leadership that will promote a culture of health and make the United States a healthier nation.
Its always an honor to work with the Institute of Medicine in any capacity, Hassmiller said in the news release. To be elected to membership and join a roster of so many esteemed colleagues is nothing short of humbling, and incredibly exciting. I am grateful to the IOM for this recognition, and I look forward to new opportunities to move healthcare forward.
Marsha Howell Adams, RN, PhD, CNE, AENF, president of the NLN, said Malones election is well-deserved: Bevs activities and, therefore, her influence have extended well beyond nursing education to many other arenas that affect the healthcare of millions, including public policy, global health, access to quality healthcare by the underserved rural and urban poor, and improved care for the elderly and veterans. The NLN takes great pride in Bevs leadership and congratulates her on an honor well-deserved.
Malone noted the IOMs work dovetails with the NLNs mission to promote excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse workforce to advance the nations health.
I am truly honored to have been chosen by this respected association of professionals who represent the leading voices in our nations ongoing dialogue and quest for best standards and practices in todays complex, dynamic healthcare environment, she added.
Melnyk expressed similar sentiments in an Ohio State news release, saying, I am so thrilled because this gives me an opportunity to be part of several major recommendations into the future about important decisions concerning how we proceed with health and healthcare. I appreciate the chance to be at the table to participate in and propose health and healthcare topics with solutions that I believe are critically important for our nation to address.
Melnyk promises to be a strong Ohio State presence in her collaboration with colleagues on national issues, according to Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research at the university.
Dr. Melnyks broad expertise and boundless energy will be a great asset as the Institute of Medicine pursues better understanding of the increasingly complicated healthcare landscape in this country, Whitacre said in the news release. Election to this prestigious organization is a fitting recognition of her dedication to improving the nations health.