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Running head: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF

Professional Development of Nursing Professionals
This paper will talk about the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report and the affect it had on the nursing profession. The ever popular nursing profession is one of the fastest growing careers and one of the largest occupations in the United States. The Institute of Medicine’s report talks about the changes that need to occur in nursing education, nursing practice, and nursing leadership to support the healthcare changes that need to occur for the safety of patients.

There are many types of degrees nurses can obtain to enter the profession. Whether it be an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) that takes only two years, a Diploma in Nursing that takes anywhere from two to three years or a Bachelors Degree in Nursing (BSN) that takes four years, a nurse can choose any of these options to enter the field and obtain their Registered Nurses license (RN). As the complications of patient care continues to rise and the skills needed for a higher quality of care become more important, the Institute of Medicine’s report states that “nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes academic progression” (Institute of Medicine, 2010, p. 163). Many facilities are paying for their nurses to continue their education and pursue achieving their Bachelor Degrees in Nursing (BSN). Some facilities are even paying for it fully with a signed contract from the Registered Nurse (RN). One of the goals of Institute of Medicine’s is to increase the number of BSN’s to 80 percent by the year 2020 (Institute of Medicine, 2010, p. 173). I feel that the facilities are trying to do what is best for the patients and that employing nurses with higher degrees creates a safer environment for the patients with fewer errors and higher quality of patient care.

Primary care is focused on the individual or the patient across an...
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