Following a virtual summit organized last year by the Tri-Council for Nursing, the group released a report titled Transforming Together: Implications and Opportunities from the COVID-19 Pandemic for Nursing Education, Practice, and Regulation, which details the blueprint for action that spans care settings, educational environments, regulatory agencies, and policy forums.
It is expected to inspire innovative disruption around six distinctive themes deemed essential to the future of nursing education, practice, and regulation: equity and health equity; ethics; nursing workforce; innovation; inter-professional emergency planning and response; and mental health and wellbeing. The group outlined priority items within each category that present the most promising areas of opportunity and an actionable framework for educators, practitioners, and public policy decision makers.
The report also contains sector-specific implications. The education sector, for example, is advised to expand course curricula related to public health, crisis management, health equity, mental health, and social determinants of health. The practice sector, in turn, is urged to take steps to ensure worker and patient safety by addressing supply chain challenges like personal protective equipment, test kits, and equitable distribution of resources and supplies. Finally, those in the area of regulation are encouraged to work with state health departments and hospitals to prepare appropriate emergency declarations that pinpoint resources in limited supply.
The virtual summit was funded by the American Nurses Foundation under the direction of the Tri-Council. The Tri-Council for Nursing — as an alliance of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and the National League for Nursing — is a recognized leader in collective innovation and transformation.