Calling all nurses—Now is the time to take action on improving the quality of care in nursing homes

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      • The NASEM Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes provided seven goals and associated recommendations to transform nursing home care.
      • The seven goals address areas in which nurses have tremendous expertise and leadership including delivery of whole person care, workforce development, transparency and accountability, health care financing, and quality assurance.
      • Nurses must take action to ensure these recommendations are implemented.


      For a number of decades, nurses have raised concerns about nursing-related issues in nursing homes (NH) such as inadequate registered nurse (RN) staffing, insufficient RN and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) gerontological expertise, and lack of RN leadership competencies. The NASEM Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes illuminated the long-standing issues and concerns affecting the quality of care in nursing homes and proposed seven goals and associated recommendations intended to achieve the Committee's vision: Nursing home residents receive care in a safe environment that honors their values and preferences, addresses goals of care, promotes equity, and assesses the benefits and risks of care and treatments. This paper outlines concrete and specific actions nurses and nursing organizations can take to ensure the recommendations are implemented


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