RWJF Nursing Research Network, and from a number of commissioned papers to inform the development of findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The committee’s final recommendations will be presented in a report on the capacity of the nursing workforce to meet the demands of a reformed health care system.

This summary of the forum describes the main points made by speakers and participants throughout the afternoon session in Los Angeles. A complete agenda of the forum can be found in Appendix B and biosketches for the speakers can be found in Appendix C. The remaining sections of this chapter describe two activities that occurred in conjunction with the forum and present the introduction to the forum by Thomas Priselac, president and chief executive officer of the Cedars-Sinai Health System and chair of the Board of Directors for the American Hospital Association. Chapter 2 provides an overview of the issues facing acute care nurses, as presented by Dr. Marilyn Chow, vice president of National Patient Care Services at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. Chapters 3 through 5 are organized by the three main topics discussed at the forum: the quality and safety of care, technology, and interdisciplinary collaboration. These chapters include the summaries of the presentations, reactions from the panelists, and the discussion that resulted from the committee’s questions and the answers provided by the speakers. Patient care in acute care settings involves a team that includes a spectrum of individuals from nurses to physicians to pharmacists to patients and their families. To hear the diverse, on-the-ground perspectives of some experienced members of the care team, a panel was assembled that consisted of five individuals: an advanced practice nurse, a hospitalist, a pharmacist, a recent nursing student, and a patient. Chapter 6 summarizes the oral testimony presented by 19 forum attendees.

Comments made at the forum should not be interpreted as positions of the committee, RWJF, or IOM. Committee members’ questions and comments do not necessarily reflect the conclusions that will be in the committee’s report. They were designed to elicit useful and relevant information and perspectives.


In the morning before the forum began, individual committee members participated in a series of site visits to a variety of acute care units within Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. They spoke with nurses, other care

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