The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a 620-page report titled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health that makes far-reaching recommendations “that address the delivery of nursing services in a shortage environment.”

The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), which represents 34 medical societies including the Academy, has issued a response to the IOM report. Following are highlights of the concerns raised by CMSS and supported by the Academy, specifically in the context of caring for pediatric patients in the United States.

The U.S. nursing shortage is projected to grow to 260,000 by 2025 (

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If more registered nurses (RNs) seek...

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