skills required to confront the challenges they will encounter in practice settings throughout their careers.

Several important points emerged from the forum:

  • Collaboration, communication, and systems thinking should be the new basics in nursing education.

  • Nurses, particularly nurse educators, need to keep up with a rapidly changing knowledge base and new technologies throughout their careers to ensure a well-educated workforce.

  • Care for older adults, increasingly occurring outside of acute care settings, will be a large and growing component of nursing in the future, and the nursing education system needs to prepare educators and practitioners for that reality.

  • The nation will face serious consequences if there are inadequate numbers of nursing educators to develop a nursing workforce adequate in both number and competencies to meet the needs of diverse populations.

  • Technology—such as that used in high-fidelity simulations—that fosters problem-solving and critical thinking skills in nurses will be essential for nursing education to produce sufficient numbers of competent, well-trained nurses.

  • Nursing education needs to make use of resources and partnerships available in the community to prepare nurses who can serve their communities.

  • Articulation agreements and education consortiums among different kinds of institutions can provide multiple entry points and continued opportunities for progression through an educational and career ladder.

  • In addition to necessary skill sets, nursing education needs to provide students with the ability to mature as professionals and to continue learning throughout their careers.

Site Visits and Solutions Session

Following the forum, committee members participated in visits to one of three sites in Houston: the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, the Texas Woman’s University, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). During the site visits, committee members had the opportunity to converse with nursing students, educators, administrators, and experts in training for quality, safety, and collaboration about some of the innovative strategies that are being used to better educate nurses. Some of the models described included use of: distance learning and accelerated doctoral programs; advanced technology in educational settings and interdisciplinary education programs; and training for quality and safety, collaboration in a team environment, and continuing education. The site visits also offered a number

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