AAN and IOM Partnership

American Academy of Nursing Joins the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education as Founding Member-Sponsor

IOM collaborative to incubate and evaluate new solutions to today’s health professional education challenges.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Academy of Nursing reaffirms its commitment to the future of health care and the dissemination of innovative nursing knowledge by joining the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum that brings together interdisciplinary leaders to address challenges in health professional education and support the incubation and evaluation of new solutions.

Set to launch in March 2012, the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education will further investigate the Lancet Commission’s Report Health Professionals for a New Century: Transforming Education to Strengthen Health Systems in an Interdependent World as well as the Institute of Medicine’s and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2010 report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

Academy Fellow Afaf Meleis, PhD, and Jordan Bohen, MD, two Lancet report Commissioners, will serve as co-chairs for the new forum — a forum whose visible work will manifest through several workshops held yearly in addition to video-conferencing with international partners.

“The Academy is honored to join this Global Forum,” said Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the Academy. “We look forward to collaborating with esteemed education and health care organizations and ensuring that nurse innovations are on the table as part of the solutions to our professional health education needs.”

Academy Fellow Madeline Schmitt, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emeritus, University of Rochester School of Nursing, who encompasses both a vast experience with health professional education and keen sense of innovation, will represent the Academy. Dr. Schmitt is a nurse-sociologist who has conducted extensive research on interprofessional collaborative practices. In addition to her research and teaching agenda, Dr. Schmitt serves as a national and international consultant and chairs the Expert Panel commissioned by the AACN, AACOM, AACP, ADEA, AAMC, ASPH to develop core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practices.

The American Academy of Nursing anticipates and tracks national and international trends in health care, while addressing resulting issues of health care knowledge and policy. The Academy’s mission is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

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