Educating nurses for the future – Chapter 7 from The Future of nursing 2020-2030: Charting a path to achieve health equity [189-246]

Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Published May 2021

By 2030, the nursing profession will look vastly different and will be caring for a changing America. Nursing school curricula need to be strengthened so that nurses are prepared to help promote health equity, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of everyone. [page 189]


Transforming together: Implications and opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic for nursing education, practice, and regulation

Author: Tri-Council for Nursing

Published May 6, 2021

The Tri-Council for Nursing, an alliance between 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, recognizes the power of collective innovation and transformation. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing at the writing of this report, the Tri-Council recognized the imperative to identify and document the lessons learned from the past nine months and inspire a call for action to capitalize on opportunities for transformational improvements to nursing education, practice, and regulation.

Opportunities for nursing education include:

• Expand content on public health, crisis management, equity, mental health, and determinants of health into nursing curricula and interprofessional education (IPE).
• Foster academic-practice partnerships to utilize nursing students for vaccinations, telehealth, and contact tracing and other tasks to alleviate shortage of staff and burnout.
• Provide necessary resources for educators, students, and practicing nurses to optimize virtual environments to enhance education and health outcomes for all.
• Conduct additional research on simulation-quality data compared to clinical and alternative modalities of teaching to ensure educators deliver the best evidence-based content available.
• Increase spending on nursing education (public/private messages) funded by the government and private sector to expand access to health care for all. [page 10]

The above reports plus The future of nursing 2020-2030: Charting a path to achieve health equity report can be found on the NMNEC website Resources page (Link below)