Grand Canyon University: NRS 430V
Professional Development of Nursing Professionals
Nursing as a profession is the largest component of the healthcare workforce in America. There are 3 million Registered Nurses in the country, and the Healthcare settings have been changing since the “2010 Affordable Care Act” (ACA). Nurses are the most influential in this fundamental transformation. However, a number of obstacles prevent nurses from being up to the professional code in their responsibilities and practices in the changing Healthcare environment, and these hurdles need to be jumped to lead change and advance health (IOM Report, 1) The Institute of Medicine is an independent organization that gives reports and advice to the government about improving health. The opinions of IOM are highly regarded, and can make or break legislative decision. The I.O.M report released in October 2010 outlines major categories of change needed in the nursing profession to address healthcare needs of the Nation.(NRS430V Lecture 4) I.O.M produced this report, and made recommendations for an action-oriented focus in the future of nursing. The IOM report has great impact on nurses’ role in reforming the healthcare system. 1. Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.(IOM Report, 1) Major changes in the nation’s healthcare system and workplace environment will require some improvements and education reform for nurses before and after they get their license. Improvement in education system is the keystone to ensure safe, high quality, patient-focused care in all areas especially primary care and in community health. Medical and nursing care has become very complex in hospitals and public settings. Nurses are coordinating care with social workers, physicians, pharmacists, physical and occupational...