Grand Canyon University
May 29, 2011
As the health care system trends toward a new approach to delivering care, the nursing profession must become engaged in the transformation. According to the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on nursing future, this revolution will have great impact on the nurse’s practice, education, and leadership (National Research Council, 2011). As history has unveiled, the profession, once again, has potential to grow stronger with the ever-changing world of health care. By shaping the nursing practice to conform to these changes, the demand for advanced education creates opportunities in leadership. Nurses must take the initiative to be involved in this succeeding transformation. Nurses have one of the greatest opportunities to pave the future to develop ways to practice at higher levels with an influential involvement in patient decision-making. Many out of date policies and styles of practice of today place limits on the nurse’s ability to practice. The soon to be, modernized form of nursing practice must become involved in creating a “more accessible, high-quality, and value driven environment.” The IOM recommends, “Nurses should practice to the full extent of education and training” (National Research Council, 2011, p. 29, 85). A perfect example of practicing in this manner is utilizing a transitional care program for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients. This series of events begins when a patient is in the hospital with CHF and is discharged home. A masters-level RN leads the program. The professional will follow the patient through a holistic individualized process of medication therapy, arranging and accompanying physician appointments, assessment of needs, and educating patient and family on CHF and the protocols for controlling/preventing complications...