When the Institute of Medicine speaks, people in high places listen. The institutes report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health has been called transformational for the profession.
But just how much do front-line nurses know about it and the work of the New Jersey Action Coalition to implement the reports recommendations?
New Jersey is about to find out, thanks to an online survey of nurses from around the state.
The action coalition wanted to measure nurses knowledge about the report and the action coalition, and if they had a lack of understanding, we will develop a plan and education about what the group is doing, said Maria Brennan, DNP, RN, CPHQ, the CNO at St. Josephs Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., and a coalition member.
The confidential survey is open to the approximately 114,000 RNs licensed in New Jersey, including advanced practice nurses.
Members of the coalitions communications pillar, including Ruth Harrell, MS, RN, nurse manager, high risk womens health and relationship-based care at St. Josephs, wrote the survey. The coalition plans to reach out to hospital administration, specialty organizations and through nursing list serves to boost participation.Ruth Harrell, RN
We want to take a pulse on how many nurses still do not know about the action coalition or what the IOM report is all about, said Edna Cadmus, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, executive director, New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, and a clinical professor at Rutgers University in Newark.
Demographic questions will help identify locations that might benefit from an increased awareness campaign, according to coalition members. The survey also will enable the coalition to hone in on what parts of the report need greater awareness.
The survey will give us the knowledge deficit for different groups, said Patricia Steingall, MS, RN, NE-BC, CNO and vice president of patient care services at Hunterdon Healthcare System, Flemington, N.J. We will target the education piece based on the data we get from the survey.
The survey not only will offer insight into nurses knowledge of the report and the action coalition but also provide answers to the best methods to share additional information, including email or social media or live presentations.
The New Jersey coalition plans to publish the results and repeat the survey in one year to determine if the educational efforts produced the desired outcome.
The goal of the IOM report is to raise the level of nursing and professionalism in our state and the country, Brennan said. Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness and influence nurses to do things like get additional education or practice in a different setting or to the full extent of their licensure.
Debra Anscombe Wood, RN, is a freelance writer.