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Special #RNchat with RWJF – Nursing Education: Peering into the Future

Tonight’s #RNchat at 9pm EST will include topics from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. I’ve been working with them to get a discussion on RNchat about the future of nursing education and I’m very pleased that we will host tonight’s chat.In order for the nursing profession to advance more fully, nursing education must undergo evolutionary leaps in its methods and purposes. I’m very happy that we have the participation and interest of RWJF.Here’s a description of what we’re doing tonight:Nursing Education: Peering into the FutureSpecial Edition of #RNChatFor the past year the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine has been gathering information, insight and guidance on the role of nurses in the health care system with the goal of producing a transformational report on the future of nursing. This report, due to be published in late 2010, will define a  clear agenda and blueprint for action on nursing with bold national recommendations for changes to public and institutional policies at the federal, state and local levels.The Initiative has held forums, received and read testimony from nurses and nursing group, commissioned research, tweeted, blogged and joined together Facebook fans. Now we’re looking to engage the faithful following of RNChat. The Initiative on the Future of Nursing will hold one last forum on nursing education on February 22, 2010 in Houston, TXTo help start the conversation for the Forum on the Future of Nursing: Education, and add new voices in the process, we’re participating in a special edition of RN Chat, Nursing Education: Peering into the Future on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 9 p.m. ET. The chat will focus on the theme of Nursing Education to help broaden the dialogue on this important issue.Topics for this RNChat include:

  1. What was missing from your nursing education?  What would you change?
  2. Should nursing education continue to be based on time spent in the classrooms/training or on achieving specific competencies?
  3. What do you think about online programs?

So join us tonight at 9pm EST. You can follow the conversation on Twitter Search by viewing here. You can also view and participate using TweetChat – just sign in and add RNchat and you’ll be able to follow along easily. And be sure to follow @RNchat on Twitter for future updates.@PhilBaumann