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UW Nursing to Present Lecture on Future of Nursing

For immediate release
Date:    January 4, 2011

SEATTLE – The University of Washington School of Nursing will host Dr. Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, to discuss the Institute of Medicine's recent report on the future of nursing and its implications for Washington. The free, public lecture, “Institute of Medicine Report on The Future of Nursing: Implications for Washington,” will take place on January 12, 2011 at 9 a.m. at Hogness Auditorium in the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center at the University of Washington.

The report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends that nurses practice to the extent of their education and training, achieve higher levels of education and become partners with health care professionals in redesigning health care in the United States.

School of Nursing Dean Marla Salmon said the report provides a well-grounded framework for ensuring that nursing will continue to be a part of the solution to the public’s health problems in the future – both nationally and within our state.

“We have much to gain from understanding that nursing can and should have an even greater impact on the quality, access and affordability of health care in the future. Now is the time,” she said.

As the largest part of the nation's health care workforce, the report notes that nurses are vital to realizing the objectives set in the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Gladys Campbell, executive director of the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, said nurses are perfectly poised to improve the health care system.

“Nurses focus on the human response to health and illness,” Campbell said.

Washingtonians are facing unprecedented health challenges, including dramatic increases in chronic diseases, health disparities, larger numbers of older adults, lack of access to services and the shortages of key health workers, Salmon said. These challenges place increasing strains on an already overburdened health system.

“Nursing has always been an important part of the solution to this state’s health challenges,” Salmon said. “Washington has led the way in ensuring that nurse practitioners, midwives and other advanced practice nurses have the legal authority to provide the services for which they are prepared. However, given the challenges we face, our state's granting of this authority is only one step in ensuring that nursing is prepared to meet the health care needs of the future.”

Hassmiller is senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and director of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine.

A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of The Joint Commission Nursing Advisory Council and the New York Academy of Medicine, Hassmiller received a PhD in nursing administration and health policy and master’s degrees in health education and community health nursing. Among many honors, she is the 2009 recipient of the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

This event is co-hosted by the University of Washington School of Nursing, the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State, the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and the Washington Center for Nursing.


The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently the nation’s No. 1-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service.