Council of Medical Specialty Societies Releases Response to Future of Nursing Report from the Institute of Medicine

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) today announced its response to the Future of Nursing report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The IOM report was created to develop a set of national recommendations, including ones that address the delivery of nursing services in a shortage environment and the capacity of the nursing education system. CMSS, which represents 34 societies with an aggregate membership of more than 650,000 U.S. physicians, would like to call critical attention to the scope of practice recommendations made by the IOM report.

The report touches only lightly on the existing dramatic shortage of registered nurses (RN). Instead, the report focuses on a proposal to expand the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses (APNs). Critically, CMSS feels that the report lacks detail concerning the necessary clinical and educational standards which would undergird such an expansion, and does not give sufficient attention to the cost ramifications associated with its recommendations. Unfortunately, the report fails to address existing data regarding the practice patterns of APNs. CMSS believes these flaws all have real implications for patient safety and quality of care.

“CMSS believes that non-physician clinicians are critical stakeholders in the health of our nation and that nurses are irreplaceable members of a high-performing, patient-centered healthcare team,” said Dr. Norman Kahn, CMSS Executive Vice President and CEO.

The complete response of the CMSS to the Future of Nursing report can be found on the home page of the CMSS web site at

About CMSS

Founded in 1965, CMSS was created to provide an independent forum for the discussion by medical specialists of issues of national interest and mutual concern. Today, CMSS represents thirty-two societies with an aggregate membership of more than 650,000 US physicians. Its main purpose is to provide a forum for collaboration to influence policy, medical education and accreditation from a broad, cross-specialty perspective. CMSS is the unified voice for specialty societies established to improve the United States’ healthcare system and health of the public. For more information visit CMSS at


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