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As congress debates over the many different points of the Affordable Healthcare Act, the one issue that is in the forefront is how will the health care system provide care for all these additional people. In order to provide quality care many believe the health care professionals roles will need to be expanded. Since nursing is the largest, and encompasses 3 million of the healthcare workforce, it will be imperative that the nursing roles expands to meet these needs(Sullivan,2011). Because nurses have a unique position in healthcare due to their scientific knowledge and proximity to patients, (Sullivan,2011), the Institute of Medicine(2011) concluded that " nursing brings to the future a steadfast commitment to patient care, improved safety and quality, and better outcomes" (Future of Nursing, p167).
In October 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) jointly released The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. This report focuses on how nursing can help to meet the demands of an increased population of patients. This report has four key points. "(1) ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, (2) improve nursing education, (3) provide opportunities for nurses to assume leadership positions and to serve as full partners in health care redesign and improvement efforts, and (4) improve data collection for workforce planning and policy making." (Future of Nursing,p29) The report outlines how the nurses role will need to transform into one of a primary caregiver, and what actions will need to be taken to fulfill this role. Effects Of IOM Report on Nursing Education
Nursing has the most diverse background in education that any other profession. Diploma graduates, Associates' degrees in nursing and the baccalaureate of science in nursing are the three major pathways into...