Climate of Health Care
The climate of health care is changing in America, though the focus remains consistently on providing high quality, patient centered and affordable care. At the forefront of supporting patient care are our nurses. With greater than three million members, the nursing profession is the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce. Nurses are instrumental to clinical care and the progression of positive outcomes. They have the capacity and potential to lead the transformation that will occur as a result of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the aging population by providing access to health care for more than 32 million Americans. Though they cannot do this alone, nurses need to unite as partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning the culture of health care in the United States.
The Rhode Island Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing will lead the transformation of health care and create a Culture of Health in Rhode Island, using the Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health as a blueprint for action.
All Rhode Islanders will embrace a Culture of Health that empowers everyone to live healthy lives through better care, better outcomes, and reduced cost.