New York City to Host Inaugural Work Session on IOM/RWJF Future of Nursing Recommendations

National leaders to develop strategies for action and mobilize New York supporters


What: Local and national nursing, policy and health industry leaders will discuss what the recently released Future of Nursing report means for the New York City area, and strategies for action. Co-hosted by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this is the first of a series of regional meetings designed to address the biggest challenges facing the nursing profession. Topics include: nurses as qualified leaders in primary care; importance of inter-professional collaboration; New York’s scope-of-practice laws; types of changes needed in New York; and nursing education issues.

WHY: Nurses, the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, are key to leading change and improving affordability and quality of care. The Future of Nursing report is a blueprint for action but clear strategies are needed to respond effectively to a rapidly changing healthcare system, given New York City’s unique attributes and challenges:

  • A population of the most privileged and most vulnerable, with extremes in terms of health status and access to services;
  • One of the most diverse populations in the world, yet the nurse workforce does not reflect the City’s communities;
  • Urban features that affect recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals; and
  • Its hospitals are premier stages for emerging technologies, which add to complexity of care and nursing practice.

When/Where: Thursday, December 9, 2010, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 East 65th St.


  • Keynote: Donna Shalala, PhD, President, University of Miami and former Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Panel: James R. Tallon, Jr., President, United Hospital Fund of New York; Suzanne M. Boyle, RN, DN Sc., Vice President for Patient Care Services, New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center; Jack Rowe, MD, Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Former President of Aetna; Sue Hassmiller, RN, PhD, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Closing Remarks: Darlene Curley, MS, RN, Executive Director, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
  • Moderator: Diana Mason, RN, PhD, Rudin Professor of Nursing, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing

The Jonas Center: Advancing a Key IOM/RWJF Recommendation

Only one percent of the nation’s three million nurses hold PhDs and the Future of Nursing report calls for doubling the number of nurses with doctorates by 2020. The persistent shortage of nursing faculty forces schools to turn away thousands of qualified applicants and limits the education of future generations of nurses, which will profoundly affect the quality and cost of patient care now, as health reform is enacted, and in the coming decades when an aging population will need care most. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, begun in 2008, is funding 50 doctoral nursing students over the next two years at nearly two dozen of the nation’s leading academic institutions; the program is on track to fund 150 by 2012.

THE JONAS CENTER FOR NURSING EXCELLENCE, supported by the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund, is dedicated to expanding the ranks and building the effectiveness of America’s professional nurses.

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