Speaking for medical-surgical nurses across the country, Linda H. Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, represented the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) at the launch of a national campaign mobilizing nurses to improve American’s health and reduce inequities in care.

“We have a flawed system,” Yoder said during the first public session of the campaign, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030, held in Washington, DC, March 20. “Among the people paying a high price: People of color. Women. People who are economically poor. And people with multiple health conditions incurring unimaginable costs for uncoordinated care.”

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) officially began the 2020-2030 campaign during the session, which was attended by some of the most influential nursing and health care leaders in the U.S. and live-streamed to thousands via NAM’s website.

Yoder, AMSN’s immediate past president, was one of seven top nursing leaders whose organizations were invited to provide comments to the ad hoc committee tasked with producing a consensus report. The committee will be working under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

According to NAM President Victor Dzau, MD, the report will “Chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century.”

You can read Yoder’s address here.