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The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) describes the background for the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report. The report is divided into four sections. Part I describes the historical forces that defined two models of nursing – one with a holistic focus on patients, families, and communities in the context of social justice, and the other focused largely on support roles with a defined set of clinical tasks in the hospitals. Part II describes the current epidemiological situation and provides background for major contextual developments that may help reposition nursing. Part III focuses on nursing today and provides examples of the types of nurse-led, or nurse-involved models that have evidence of impact and are successfully spreading. Part IV concludes with an analysis of what it would take to activate nursing and scale up this holistic approach to addressing the unmet needs of the 21st century.

Click here to read about the contextual developments that led to this groundbreaking report.