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IOM, RWJF launch 'Future of Nursing' initiative

July 14, 2009

The Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today launched a two-year initiative to identify nursing care and education models that improve health care quality and access while reducing costs. Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami and former Health and Human Services secretary, will chair the IOM committee, and Linda Burnes Bolton, vice president for nursing, chief nursing officer and director of nursing research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, will serve as vice-chair. The committee will hold three town hall meetings to gather information from witnesses, including the AHA's American Organization of Nurse Executives subsidiary. "Nurses' close, extensive interaction with patients makes them ideally qualified to help contribute to solutions that result in better care at lower cost," said Burnes Bolton, who received the AONE's 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.