view of all facets and all players of each of the main forum themes was not possible. Rather, the forums were meant to inform the committee on important topics within the nursing profession and highlight some of the key challenges, barriers, opportunities, and innovations that nurses face while working in an evolving health care system. Many of the critical challenges, barriers, opportunities, and innovations discussed at the forums overlap across settings and throughout the nursing profession and also apply to other providers and individuals who work with nurses.

Unlike the two previous forums, which featured a series of presentations, the Houston forum was organized into three armchair discussions that were moderated by members of the IOM committee. The first discussion, moderated by Dr. Michael Bleich, examined the broad topic of what to teach and the ideal future state of nursing curriculums (Chapter 2). The second, “How to Teach” (Chapter 3), focused on methodologies and strategies, as well as partnerships and collaboratives, that could be used for educating nurses and was moderated by Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton. The third, “Where to Teach” (Chapter 4), was moderated by Jennie Chin Hansen and dealt with various venues and locations where nurses could be educated. This summary of the forum describes the main points made during the discussions. It also summarizes the oral testimony presented by 12 forum attendees, along with remarks made during an open-microphone session at the end of the forum (Chapter 5). A complete agenda of the forum can be found in Appendix B, and biosketches of the discussants and moderators 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 welcoming remarks of Dr. John R. Lumpkin of RWJF and Dr. John R. Mendelsohn of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Comments made at the forum should not be interpreted as positions of the IOM committee, RWJF, the IOM, or the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Committee members’ questions and comments do not necessarily reflect their personal views or the conclusions that will be in the committee’s report. However, the questions and comments were designed to elicit information and perspectives to help guide the committee’s deliberations.



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