Itruly enjoyed watching the individual video segments of Modern Healthcare’s bold predictions for 2012 on Modernhealthcare.com. However, I was disappointed that there were no predictions for the work of the largest segment of healthcare providers, registered nurses. I was able to catch the physician predictions, yet there is much to be discussed and predicted about registered nurses’ influence in moving healthcare reform forward.
With more than 3.1 million registered nurses in this nation and having achieved the most trusted healthcare provider status by the Gallop Poll for 12 years in a row, this appears an oversight on the contributions to access, quality and cost that can be provided by our nation’s registered nurses. The recent landmark report from the Institute of Medicine on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health has made a considerable impact on the way stakeholders are viewing the nursing workforce. This report is one of the most viewed online reports in the IOM’S history.
I would hope that you would consider adding registered nurses to your staff to complete the picture of Modern Healthcare in America. Betsy Snook
CEO Pennsylvania State Nurses Association