Leading Nurses Forward

Anjli Aurora Hinman

Anjli Aurora Hinman 06N 08MN

Anjli Aurora Hinman 06N 08MN has gone from student leader to nursing leader in a short time. She recently served on the national committee that produced an Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Care. Published last fall, the report offers recommendations for sharpening the nursing workforce and redesigning U.S. health care. It is the culmination of two years of committee work led by former U.S. health secretary Donna Shalala and sponsored by the IOM and RWJF .

As a committee member, Hinman attended public forums and made site visits to learn about nursing innovations across the country. “What I love about this report is that we were able to use decades of evidence and real-world examples to back up our recommendations,” she says. “In the wake of the largest health care reform legislation since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 has created an opportunity. Nursing remains the largest segment of the health care workforce and deserves the chance to lead change and advance health.”

The experience strengthened Hinman’s own mettle as a nursing leader. “At the end of our last meeting, Donna Shalala came up to the nurses on the committee and said, ‘Don’t wait for opportunity to find you. Go out and make it happen yourself,’” says Hinman, a family nurse-midwife.

She since has helped start a practice, Intown Midwifery, and partnered with two colleagues to move forward a vision of opening Atlanta’s only birth center and family-centered health home. “We are answering the call laid out in the report recommendations,” says Hinman.


Online: Download a brief on The Future of Nursing at thefutureofnursing.org


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