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INQRI and The Future of Nursing
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) launched the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) program in 2005 to generate, disseminate, and translate research to understand how nurses contribute to and can improve patient care quality. Over the next seven years, INQRI provided grants to 40 interdisciplinary teams of researchers to conduct that research. INQRI teams have provided valuable information not only on nursing practice, but also shed light on the best ways to conduct interdisciplinary research, including translational and implementation research. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its groundbreaking report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which provides a series of recommendations for how nurses roles, responsibilities and education should change to meet the needs of an aging, increasingly diverse population and to respond to a complex, evolving health care system. The recommendations focus on the critical intersection between the health needs of patients across the lifespan and the readiness of the nursing workforce and are intended to support efforts to improve health care for all Americans by enhancing nurses contributions to the delivery of care. Many of the first 40 INQRI studies addressed or intersected with the report recommendations, in particular those regarding interdisciplinary collaboration, leveraging nursing leadership and removing barriers to practice and care. Following the release of the IOM report, RWJF funded INQRI to support eight additional research projects that specifically address the recommendations.