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Professional Development of Nursing Professionals

Professional Development of Nursing Professionals
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report in 2010 titled, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” It proposes a transformation in the healthcare system with a vision in which to provide accessible, high‐quality healthcare that is safer and more affordable. In order to achieve these objectives, a blueprint has been designed with three key messages with an emphasis on transformation of the roles and responsibilities of nurses. The focus is on remodeling nursing education, nursing practice, and nursing leadership. The report proposes that nurses are best positioned to fill new and expanded roles in a redesigned healthcare system (The Forum, 2010). The goals are intended to improve the health of the U.S. population through nursing contributions.

The future of nursing is the second key message put forth by the IOM’s report stating, “Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training, through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.” The report suggest that in order to handle the increasing complexity of healthcare and greater responsibilities in the future healthcare world, nurses will need higher levels of education and training, starting with the baccalaureate degree. The report calls for 80% of RNs to have BSNs by the year 2020. It is recommended that nurses either enter the workforce with a BSN or progress to it very early in their career.
With the evolution of nursing and a population growing older and living longer, the IOM explains that competencies needed to practice nursing have expanded significantly. Nurses now need knowledge of public health, geriatrics, leadership skills, health policy, system improvements, research, and evidence-based practice. Nurses will fundamentally act as primary care...
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