Impact of the IOM Report: Nursing Education, Primary Care, Nurse Leaders No matter which perspective the view is from, most everyone would agree that millions of nurses worldwide are involved in a profession that is constantly changing and changing at a very quick pace (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2011). This transformation is due to a number of factors like demographic changes, the shortage of health care professionals, economic downfalls on the health care system, and evolving technology (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2011). In an effort to support and promote the future of nursing and advancement in health care, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) took on a 2 year initiative that consisted of creating a report, “The future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”, that would provide recommendations for undertaking changes to assist in building an affordable health care system that provides quality, compassionate care to a diverse population of individuals while promoting disease prevention and wellness at the same time (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2011). This paper will discuss how the IOM report will continue to have an impact on changes regarding nursing education, primary care practice, and leadership roles in nursing.
The current health care system was molded around caring for individuals in acute care illness and injury situations, but as time evolves and the population ages, we have begun to notice that care has shifted to a heavier and wider variety of chronic illnesses (National League for Nursing, 2012). It is for this reason that the IOM’s report suggest that nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training, through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression (Institute of Medicine, 2010). The first suggestion to transform nursing education involves an effort being made to encourage associate degree nurses to obtain BSN degrees by the...
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